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Scarface (1932)


Dir. Howard Hawks. 1932, 93 mins. 35mm print from The Museum of Modern Art. With Paul Muni, Boris Karloff, George Raft, Ann Dvorak. The most brutal gangster film of the 1930s—and one of the most vibrant—stars Paul Muni as Tony Camonte, an ambitious, insanely violent gangster who climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but whose weaknesses, chiefly his charged love for his own sister (Ann Dvorak), prove to be his downfall. Scarface has been selected in multiple polls as the greatest movie in the gangster film genre, a genre it indisputably produced.

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