Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (1932)
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This movie was made to criticize the glorification of the gangster lifestyle. By the time the remake of this movie was made nothing was left but the glorification of hyper violence, drugs, and objectifying women. Notice how in this movie by the time he dies, he has lost everything. In the remake he gets to go out in a blaze of glory with some really great lines. I won't deny being guilty of a thirst for blood and depravity. But I appreciate that this movie was trying to say something.
I felt like I needed subtitles to understand some of the 'gangster' accents. But it's easily my favorite pre-code film with an outstanding performance by Muni.
The 1932 Scarface has the edge for me, even though they are both fantastic. I love the "X" motif used through the film.
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This movie ranks #7 in Tim Dirks's 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time
This movie ranks #9 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #20 in François Truffaut's The Films in My Life
This movie ranks #26 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
This movie ranks #27 in IMDb's Film-Noir Top 50
This movie ranks #40 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
This movie ranks #66 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #85 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #98 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #103 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #119 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #132 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #135 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #404 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #538 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #578 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films