It's interesting how violent this film is given it was made in the 1930s. The action scenes still pack a hard punch. This is a lean, intense Greek tragedy with great performances, despite the occasional melodrama. I can understand why some people prefer this to the De Palma remake.
Une biographie romancée du célèbre malfrat américain Al Capone qui jeta, à l'époque, les bases typologiques de ce que l'on appela par la suite le film de gangsters. Ponctué de scènes d'anthologie, ce drame urbain reste une des réalisations les plus réussies de notre incontournable Howard Hawks... www.cinefiches.com
Not all good movies age well. “Scarface” must’ve been important movie in its age, but its naivety and hasty storytelling blunted its edges for me(not to mention the moralism required by the Code). The female characters are wonderful though, especially Tony’s sister Cesca, and the most interesting themes are developed around the brother-sister-relationship (despite the ending, about which I am not sure what to think).
I didn't know you could do so much in 93 minutes, there's everything going on: a perfect dramatization that keeps the false-psychologizing to a minimum, a near-demonic pacing and violence that veers from the breakneck machinegun shootouts to the stasis of a greek tragedy at the very end, great acting (watch the secretary) and an economy of storytelling that wraps everything up in bits of almost self-contained events.
I hadn't seen this movie in a while and was shocked at how brutal it is. It's the opposite of graphic (most of the cruellest things happen offscreen, in extreme longshot, or indirectly) but is so skilfully directed that this violence is sharper than gore could express. Paul Muni's performance is a jaw-dropping masterpiece. Tony skids through the movie an unhinged nightmare of pure id and white-hot charisma.
The entire film evokes the style of sensationalist crime reporting of the era and the acting is as much a part of that style as anything. The film is about the excitement of danger and irresponsibility and the use of 'the world is yours' is the most frightening implication since it implies that that same irresponsibility is to become synonymous America as a whole. Masterpiece, even with the lecture scene.
Mundi, portraying the narcissist Tony superbly. carries much of the quality of this film. It's a good film overall, but it's not as special as I hoped. Nice decoration and production, a clear message and entertaining storyline, just nothing really new when compared to similar films of the time. I can imagine gangster/maffia fans could really dig this one though.
Some iconic images. A bit of pretty effective humor mixed into the artistic representation of crime and violence. A mixture of good and middling performances. Seems to skate over some of the story in favor of brevity which leaves me a bit dissatisfied. The moralizing shoehorned into the movie - I assume in order to pass the censors and get released - is cleverly undermined by being pushed into absurdity.