“Scarface”, the masterpiece of gangster films – Libero Quotidiano

Giorgio Carbone

Born in Tortona (Al) on 19 December 1941. Graduated in law in Pavia. Journalist since 1971. Married to actress Ida Meda for 45 years. Two sons. Film critic (owner) for “La Notte” from 1971 to 1995. For “Libero” from 2000 to today. Author of three dictionaries: Film Dictionary (from 1978 to 1990); All films (1991 to 1999); Dictionary of TV (1993).

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SCARFACE Iris 11.25pm ​​With Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Directed by Brian De Palma. USA production 1983. Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes

THE PLOT One of the masterpieces of gangster films remade by Brian De Palma at the time at the top of his game. This time Scarface is not an Italian immigrant, but a Cuban refugee who landed in America in the 1950s. In America, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) quickly makes his way into the world of crime. He gets involved in drug trafficking and becomes a very powerful boss, killing his first boss and taking his woman. Once he gets to the top, Montana goes crazy. He declares war on all the rival leaders and appears to win. What loses him is an incestuous love for her sister (her husband, who in the years of her climbing had always watched his back, makes her out of her).

WHY SEE IT because if it is true that everything is exaggerated (direction, scenario interpretation) it is also true that the Montana saga was put into images by top professionals capable of making any exaggeration almost plausible and almost always compelling.

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