"Scarface" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

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Especially revered genres in America have always been westerns and gangster movies. The first arose earlier and carried almost mythological function. That they have been fully expressed ideals, characters and values ​​of the American people and its history (which, interestingly, varied depending on the political situation - first bad were the Indians, then they themselves sheriffs, and then in general, all the actors). Gangster same direction developed strictly parallel organized crime is growing, the birth during Prohibition in the 1920-1930-ies and in a few decades, cover with its cap all of America, up to the highest members of the government. Then the screen went zhanrooobrazuyuschie basic, standard tape 'Little Caesar' Leroy, 'Public Enemy' Wellman and perhaps the strongest of all 'Scarface' Hawks (by the way, to put in the time model westerns). The Second World War and the ensuing war 'cool' for three decades have frozen the development of 'gangster' tapes (but rapidly growing suspense, thriller and spy thriller) and up to 1970 of them forgotten. 'Renaissance' gangsterism began with Coppola and 'the Godfather', then hauled him to his friends Scorsese and De Palma, is also interested subjects of organized crime. But as they say all the time. And if in the 70s (Coppola) and 90 (Scorsese) years of harsh picture of strong personalities, to transgress the law, was wildly popular and critical acclaim all over the world, then in the '80s, during the reign of the conservative humanist Reagan, Americans watched family movies, comedy series or fiction. Brian de Palma was not lucky, your best masterpiece he decided to release it in 1983. What came of it? Absolute failure Cinemas, tens, hundreds, derogatory, contemptuous reviews, nominated for 'Razzie' proceedings on charges of demonstrating excessive violence on the screen, repeated removal and remounting of the most iconic scenes. Only at the end of the eighties (Reagan left office, and a significant weakening of the censorship) film De Palma's appreciated (by the way, thanks to television that issued the ultra-laytovuyu film version). And he, as one would expect, was just his mother, stunning.
What do a script by Ben Hecht 1932 and 1983 Oliver Stone.? They are radically different in form, entourage, time and place of action, even the protagonists of some versatile (in the film Tony Hawks dealt Police), but the texts are identical in the semantic context of the "will to power". Every story has an interesting feature - repeated again. In the early twentieth century emigrants from Italy successfully 'up' on alcohol trade, which was banned throughout the country. At the end of the twentieth century, immigrants from Cuba (mostly criminals, exiled Castro in the United States 'on the sly', together with refugees) have achieved the same results, providing the country from Miami to Washington, cocaine, heroin and marijuana, which are used while the enormous demand. One of them named Tony Montana, whose name after the film De Palma has become a household word, and took the place of honor next to the Corleone, Capone Saprano, Dillinzherom.
This guy is damn clever, cunning, shrewd and ruthless. Is such a place 'individuals' in communist egalitarianism Castro, where in addition to Russian holey shoes, work ten hours a day and octopus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is nothing else. He stepped, with his sidekick Manny, a rich land 'New World', he immediately smekaet what's what. The system of government and business structures in the world and at all times the same. Here it is all about strength, courage and lack of principle. By leaps and bounds through the piles of corpses, he moves to the peak of absolute power and omnipotence. But, as historians say 'Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. " Funnel power sucks not only competitors, but also partners, not only enemies but friends, not only citizens, but also yourself. Moreover, it seems to me, Tony subconsciously looking for his death, because reaching the limit, it loses its purpose and is aware of the emptiness and futility of luxury, wealth and power, he is no longer able to love someone (other than his sister), and how to talk about . Stone: 'his ability to love and friendship destroyed that material that surrounds it. " His life - a simulacrum, not having under itself of the essential foundations, as well as the rest of America, with its way of life and the formal values ​​is more like a mirage, a dream or a hologram that prelschyaet his appearance, taking away the soul and personality. Tony does not agree with this state of affairs. His commitment to the principles and some basic rules of humanity (the refusal to kill with his senator wife and two children) is at odds with the rules of politics 'big business', where the stakes are incredibly high. He pierced and decide to remove. But this is not so easy, if at all possible.
Scenario Oliver Stone, while working just struggling with drug addiction, of course good, but the main charm of the film is still its technical performance. De Palma being a disciple of Hitchcock and first class operator, skillfully balancing on the verge saspesa, drama and thriller, provides an incredible beauty, richness and originality of the visual range. Simply analyze how sophisticated, intricate and adjusted trevvelingi or play with reflections and shading operator John Alonso, decorate the movie to understand how logically accurate, reasonable and rational they are applied de Palma and is strictly tied to the discourse of the painting (which is not often). Scenes of violence ( "I wanted to show this level of violence, which the world has ever seen, so I used ... only hints, appealing to the viewer's imagination ') subsequently subjected to severe censorship, stunning panoramic shooting luxurious, bright American way of life in Florida 70 (taken incidentally in Los Angeles!) supported by excellent, long and formidable for close-ups of the actor Al Pacino, is in the zenith of his creative powers (and deservedly received a nomination for the "Golden globe"). On the brilliant in all respects, the picture falls perfectly soundtrack composer Giorgio Moroder, written in the unique colorful style 'New Wave' and electropop. As a result, countless episodes of the film (the scene with a chainsaw, Senator murder, 'pick Manny with the tongue' last fight Tony Montana) not only gained cult status, but became 'archetypal' for the entire film as a whole ... and not only for him. The great popularity of the legendary game 'GTA: Vice City' (which is borrowed from the movie De Palma is not only the characters, costumes, setting, music, but also to the story line) indicates the unfading interest to the original stylistic, once adopted a hostile reception Summarizing, we can quote most of Brian de Palma, who said the following about the film: "we had an ambitious director, a wonderful producer, remarkable writer, a great composer, a wonderful actor. And we made a wonderful film. '

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