Sunday, October 25, 2015

1932 - SCARFACE: The Shame of the Nation

This is a very violent 30's gangster film to put it mildly.  The film is based on the life of Al Capone and was written by the legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht, produced by Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks.

Scarface is considered a classic in the gangster genre and it probably is a classic but be forewarned this is a very 1930's film with a definite 1930's vibe to it particularly in the acting and the overall pacing.

I don't recall Howard Hawks directing a film like this one with lots of artsy photography and symbolism it's very different from the style he developed later in his career.

Still, the film isn't dull, there is plenty of machine gun action and Paul Muni's performance as the sort of stupid but very violent gangster is interesting to see.

95 minutes

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