Comparative Analysis: Scarface And The Godfather

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COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Submitted by: Marcus Timothy L. Montaos Submitted to: Prof. Valerie Anne C. Miranda English 2 / IT1421 Comparative Analysis: Scarface (1983) and The Godfather (1972) I. Introduction Scarface is a crime-drama film that is famously known for being one of the most violent and profanes films during its time of release. Focusing on the rise of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) on the criminal ladder and becoming more psychotic as his career as the leader of his drug empire progresses, leading to his eventual downfall. Directed by Brian de Palma, written by Oliver Stone and with performance of the cast with the lead Al Pacino, Scarface became a cult classic among the masses. The Godfather is a mob film focuses on the Corleone Family, with its head Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) trying to find a suitable heir…show more content…
The film is a myriad of deconstruction of the mafia stereotype; it does not gratify gang life of any form. In fact, it tries to subvert several of them. First is the inclusion of Michael, the oddest of the family, a college educated war veteran with a normal girlfriend. He is the anti-thesis to another anti-thesis, which is Vito Corleone. Vito, the father of the family, is not the typical ruthless crime lord; instead, he is the role model of the family, honorable, smart, sociable and very kind. These are the qualities not always associated with criminals. This subversion denies the norm, and establishes them as normal people living underground lives. Life in the mafia is not grand, rich or very healthy. It is one of the most dangerous profession (?) that one can enter. It is full of cynicism, betrayal and outright lies. One can also make the argument that it’s a kind of duality between capitalism and Cosa Nostra; both are corrupt, greedy and only interested in self

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