Analysis Of Howard Hawk's 'Scarface'

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Howard Hawk’s Scarface is the epitome of a great gangster film; it has all of the characteristics that are typical of 1930’s gangster films. The protagonist, Tony Camonte, is an Italian-born gangster seen as an outsider in America. He so desperately wants to fit into American society he will utilize violence by any means necessary. As the movie progresses, it becomes abundantly clear that the PCA left it’s mark on the film and it’s characters. The foreword of Scarface alone is the work of the PCA. It reads, “This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America…constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty.” This immediately communicates to the audience that “we” are not gangsters, so we should not identify with them even

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