CJUS 300-scarface 1-2

CJUS 300-scarface 1-2 - June 16, 2010 CJUS 300: Explanation...

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June 16, 2010 CJUS 300: Explanation of Scarface and Tony It is widely known that the movie Scarface is one of the most popular gangster films of all time. Against many peoples knowledge, the Scarface made in the eighties is actually a remake of one made in the thirties. Due to the fact that they were made in such different eras, it can be asserted that they were made for different purposes and reflect different ideals concerning the nature of crime. However, both movies carry the same belief pertaining to the overall consequence of partaking in such deviant and fatal behavior. The 1932 Scarface begins with the murder of a big time gang leader, with whom Tony Camonte is accused of killing under the instruction of another gang lord, Johnny Lovo. Throughout the movie, through aberrant violence and aggression, Tony begins to gain power and prestige as he takes over the crime scene in Chicago, overtaking his former bosses, including Lovo. Meanwhile, it is apparent that Tony’s obsession with his sister has caused tension between them, and his jealousy leads to his downfall and eventually his brutal death. The updated version of the 1932 film, Scarface (1983) examines the life of the same gangster, except this Tony is an immigrant from Cuba who becomes involved in the drug scene in Miami, fifty years later. Like Tony Camonte, Tony Montana gets his rise in the underground world by killing powerful figures and eventually his own boss. Soon enough, Tony is living the American dream, but like the first Scarface , his jealousy and overprotective behavior towards his sister, as well as
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the retaliation of his enemies, lead to his fatal demise. It is safe to say that the thirties splurged an era of crime due to the Prohibition. It is widely asserted that the makers of the movie were working with Al Capone's biographer, who was one of the most powerful men involved in the illegal crime of alcohol distribution (TCM). Criminals at this time were looked at as heroic and almost admirable to the public. Scarface (1932) attempted to influence a new wave of thinking; for one of the first times, a film denounced and depreciated this trend by showing the fatal brutality of criminal life. The beginning credits of the film state: “This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America and of the callous indifference of the Government to this constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty . . . And the purpose of this picture is to demand of the Government: ‘What are you going to do about it?” (Rafter 26). Thus, it is seemingly obvious that this film was created in spite of the
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