All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Big Louis Costillo, last of the old-style gang leaders is slain, and his former bodyguard Tony Camonte is taken into custody. Since Costillo's body has never been found, the police have to release him, though they strongly suspect Johnny Lovo paid Tony to remove Big Louis. Tony begins taking over the rackets in town with violent enforcement, and he becomes a threat to Johnny and the other bosses unless they work for Tony. Meanwhile, Tony's sister wants to be more independent, but finds it difficult to escape from her brother's overprotective grasp. The dissatisfaction of the other bosses and the relentless pursuit of the police push Tony towards a major confrontation.
"Look at ma shit!"
Oh wait, wrong movie. I am guessing there's a version of that scene in the Pacino remake, and that's what James Franco's Spring Breakers character would have been referencing. But it's the first thing I thought about when I saw Paul Muni's Tony showing off for his gangster-moll-to-be.
Despite the fact that he sometimes linguistically wanders into Chico Marx territory, Muni's Scarface is a revelation: Larger than life, scary, charming, funny, and surprisingly layered. For all the violence - and this film is very violent - it's his boyish glee when shooting off his first tommy gun that will stick with me. And also his need to find out the ending of the play he was…
Film #7 of Project 30
”Listen, Little Boy, in this business there's only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it.”
Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks, Scarface is considered to be one of the most influential films of the gangster genre and it’s no surprise that many plot and character points that nowadays we call cliches of the genre actually originate from this 90 minute roller coaster: The hot tempered ambitous mobster who is having anger management problems is at the center of the plot, he is someone who’s doing everything he can to grab the woman he wants and when…
One of the most violent movies ever made. Every other scene is someone getting shot.
There are some very clever moments, however. The secretary character is what the Coens dream of, and the opening camera shot is ages ahead of its time.
This movie doesn't just use violence as a gimmick; it's a genuinely good film, even 81 years after it was made.
Had totally forgotten Boris Karloff shows up following an ear-shattering montage of drive-by killings. Paul Muni absolutely dwarfs every performance in the picture, it's no surprise that Frankenstein's monster gets shafted. Muni's Tony remains scarily contemporary. This particular low-life will always exist, adaptable to all forms of modernism. He engulfs the movie with a haze of timelessness and status as a classic.
Listen, Little Boy, in this business there's only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it.
It's one of the three films credited with the beginning of the true gangster films along with Little Caesar and The Public Enemy. Over 60 gangster films were released between 1930 to 1932 and yet these are the three that are remembered as the ones that started it all.
Scarface was apparently the most controversial and violent gangster film to come out at the time and would remain so for years as the stricter Hays Code was beginning to be enforced. The film is violent and raw. It's filled…
Released in 1932, the original Scarface became the first film from director Howard Hawks to go on to achieve lasting fame. Even this early in his career, Hawks showed an uncanny knack for transforming talky scenes into visually engaging cinema. Written by the notable Ben Hecht - who would go on to pen the Hitchcock classic Notorious in 1946 and the grossly underappreciated film noir Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1950 - Scarface features an abundance of crisp and clever dialogue, translated perfectly to the screen under Hawks' direction.
There is the signature humor you'd expect from a Hawks film, as well as the subtle yet efficient and inventive placement of the camera. Hawks always knew where to put the…
Of course the original version of Scarface is more nuanced, more purposefully lurid, and more humorous than Brian De Palma's. (I've softened considerably when it comes to BDP, but I shudder to think what he would do to that restaurant drive-by / phone call sequence.) More "directed," too, at least in a fashion that's more in line with my sensibilities -- the deceptively simple tracking shots across large rooms, the calendar / machine gun time-passage shot, the "collecting orders" sequence, the "now I have a Tommy Gun" sequence, those gorgeous shadowed shots of Paul Muni and (especially) Ann Dvorak as the film climaxes, and of course that perfectly-clever one-shot restaging of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. & while I could've done with out that on-the-nose police / press "stand off" in the middle, that final shot was the perfect KO.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the defining gangster films, this is a classic of the genre, one of the first films to really establish the gangster film and adding elements of visceral violence, which for its time was ahead of its time. Scarface is a phenomenal film, a film that is well acted, entertaining and well paced and manages to be a highly captivating film that is well worth your time if you enjoy the genre. The performances here are great and each actor brings something that elevates the film significantly. Plenty of gangster films have been released since then, but Scarface has a secured place as one of the finest examples of what a crime film should be. Simple, yet effective in…
This film doesn't do much for me. It didn't help that I watched this films after having watched a couple of extremely visceral films the days before. It also didn't help that I kept comparing this film with the later version by De Palma, which is in my opinion a superior film in all aspects. That said, Scarface is an important film in that it is the father of crime films. It tells the story of the rapid ascent and subsequent fall of an Italian immigrant who manages to make foray into the crime world at the time of the prohibition. One has to love the start of the film in which the message of the story is stated, coupled…
One of the greatest gangster films ever made and a must see for any fan of the genre. Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks create a fascinating and thrilling look at the rise of notorious gangster Al Capone in this pre-Code crime film. Paul Muni is excellent as Tony Camonte and I was surprised to see a young Boris Karloff as the rival gangster Gaffney. The pacing of the film remains exciting throughout and the ending is incredibly satisfying.
A top gangster film, violent and vivid, told with fast-paced action scenes. Paul Muni is fantastic, sinister as the vicious gangster killing his way to the top. The film gives him an intriguing twist - an obsessive protectiveness toward his sister who also wants to follow a wild lifestyle. What a range Muni had - gangster, Chinese peasant, Zola, Pasteur, Polish coal miner,... Imaginative way to show St. Valentine's Day massacre.
Once a classic, always a classic.
A movie of surprises for me. First and foremost it's surprising how almost all gangster tropes are implemented this early in cinema and how this plays out as a template for gangster movies throughout time. I know this film is part of the pre-code era hollywood but still surprising how "modern" everything feels, mostly through tone and pacing. Also I had no idea that DePalma's version was such a close remake. Two stand out moments in this for me were the cutting for the gas grenade (yeah i know, a really selling comment) and Cesca's enticing dance towards Rinaldo.
This movie has an agenda. Half way through the movie they stop everything just so they can hammer the agenda home to the audience...they even go so far as to basically look right into the camera while they're doing it. I get it, mobsters are bad. Very bad.
Otherwise an extremely violent (even though a lot of the deaths take place off screen), at times humourous, and yes even sad portrayal of the rise and fall of a mob boss.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…