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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…
I'm not gonna lie, Scarface is not a perfect film—the secondary acting isn't great, the commentary on violence (more like an excuse for Howard Hawks to have fun with a violent film) felt a lot more present back in '32 than what it does now (and, to top it off, the film sometimes loses itself in its own violence), it lacks a bit of emotional impact and the editing isn't the best (the truth is that Scarface looks like a set of small episodes of the life of Tony Camonte and not like a continuous film—what I mean is that the way the scenes are cut together doesn't favor the film). However, the truth is that I had a truly…
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.
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…
"I'll tell you what to do. Make laws and see that they're obeyed, if we have to have martial law to do it! ~ Mr. Garston
Back when Howard Hughes was making movies, he was also making political statements. This particular film was his indictment of government institutions turning a blind eye to organized crime during Prohibition. He believed lawmakers were spending too much time trying to regulate business and industry and not enough keeping the public safe from gang violence.
Based upon the novel by Armitage Trail, much of the story mirrors headline news, from drive-by shootings with tommy guns to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Audiences of the day would have easily understood that the loose cannon Antonio…
and another one
Oh... C'est encore meilleur que je le pensais.
Il y a une scène en plein milieu du film (vraiment, à la 45ème minute), où Paul Muni, avec sa voix de p'tit criss, défie son patron. Il obsède sur sa première mitraillette, il l'a caresse, puis alors que le patron le sermonne, son jeu change totalement, il devient rugueux, âpre, sans pitié, et là on tombe pour de bon dans la folie du criminel qui détruit tout autour de lui. Pendant ce temps-là Hawks a le brio de tout capter sans coupe, d'un simple travelling avant, lent, très lent.
Tout était léger, c'étaient des gangsters qui jouaient les durs à cuire, puis en un plan tout se renverse totalement, et pour de bon.
Has one of the best openings I've seen from a '30s movie. I only wish the rest was as strong, despite a fascinating study in early Hollywood censorship. I guess this story is just prone to feeling dated?
"What are you going to do about it?"
The classic tale of power going to one's head, Scarface tells the story of Tony Camonte (Paul Muni), an ambitious and self-centred mafioso who manipulates and bumps off those around him in the hopes of running Chicago. Though lacking the degree of writing and filmic storytelling to develop a strong enough lead to helm such a personal story, Scarface features an incredibly captivating leading relationship, one that is unfortunately buried under a poorly prioritised and paced narrative.
Though Paul Muni's performance was certainly charismatic and his character was written with an emphasis on sympathy and wit, Tony was not a particularly compelling character alone. A true antagonist, though one whose actions often…
Gives new meaning to X marks the spot. Aside from that, also an intriguing story if partly because it is based on real life gangster Al Capone.
THE WORLD IS YOURS
Scarface is an incredible gangster epic and serves as the prototype for all that would follow. It documents the rise and fall of Tony Camonte, an up and coming mobster whose compulsive behaviour makes him incredibly violent. More than that though, the film serves as a call to arms to stop gang violence in America. It opens with a series of messages urging the government to do something about it. It comes across a bit heavy handed these days, but that's how it was done back then.
Howard Hawks' direction is amazing; I loved the shot where you see the shadows of a row of men getting massacred. There're tons of great shots. Gangster movies end…
So like when will people stop pretending that this movie is good.....
i hate gangster movies
Loosely based on the life of legendary crime boss Al Capone, Scarface is a fascinating film about the gangster life in Chicago during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Tony, played by Academy Award winner Paul Muni is a guy who makes Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas" seem like a pleasant man. Brian De Palma deserves lots of credit for taking this film and creating such a excellent "remake", the story is similar in some ways, but yet so different in others.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…