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« on: February 12, 2008, 09:31:02 PM »

An amazing actor who is not much talked about these days, made the gangster classic "Scarface" with George Raft,  reprized a gangster in "Angel On My Shoulder" with Claude Rains, and a lot of very different off beat portrayals through the years. One of my guilty pleasuers is the frontier film "Hudson's Bay"


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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 03:17:02 AM »

I Was a Fugitive From a Chain-Gang is a very good thriller.

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 11:06:53 AM »

I love the original SCARFACE. It trumps the over the top remake. I love Pacino's performance, but after that, the film doesn't offer much.

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 05:08:27 PM »

More scenes from Scarface

Tony and his extra special concern for his sister









And from "I Was A Fugitive From A Chain Gang":





As the title character From Juarez:



As Wang From "The Good Earth"



As Pierre Esprit Radisson in "Hudson's Bay:




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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008, 10:25:55 PM »

I love the original SCARFACE. It trumps the over the top remake. I love Pacino's performance, but after that, the film doesn't offer much.


It was Pacino's performance that made the film unwatchable.

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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2008, 11:31:45 PM »


It was Pacino's performance that made the film unwatchable.

I highly disagree, obviously. Whether some people don't like to admit it or not, Pacino was brilliant in the role. He was over the top for a reason. That's the most cliched excuse I hear when someone doesn't like a commanding performance such as this. If you were druged up on COKE half the time, I'm sure you'd act like an over the top loon as well.

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008, 05:55:14 PM »

 Paul Muni's  co actor  Laird Cregar who played Gooseberry (an original "mad Pierre" type role) in "Hudson's Bay"

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 02:47:28 PM »

Whether some people don't like to admit it or not

Admit what? Nobody that says Pacino's performance was crap is lying to you.
It was laughable. The character is loud and boisterous even if he isn't on coke.



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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008, 02:49:23 PM »

I've been wanting to see the 30's Scarface for quite a long while (ever since I saw the De Palma Scarface as a violence-hungry 10-year-old). Just haven't gotten to it yet.

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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2008, 06:06:04 PM »

This is a good movie, but I haven't seen it in years. Never saw the De Palma version.

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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2008, 07:33:44 PM »

Never saw the De Palma version.

Dont

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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2008, 07:54:28 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2008, 08:33:41 PM »

More Muni as Emil Zola



In Border Town


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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2008, 08:47:35 PM »

RR, you can pick it up for around ten bucks, it's certainly worth it.

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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2008, 04:05:48 PM »

An incredible film. Caught it for the first time ever just a couple of months ago. Still startlingly modern in places, with dynamic fluid camera work (often in long takes), and a swaggering even arrogant turn from Muni, every bit as showy and outragous, but never as ill judged as Pacino's Tony in the near scene by scene piss poor re-make.

It's a great example too of how Hollywood cinema might have developed if left alone by the absurdities of the Hayes code. This and a small handfull of other gangster, horror, comedy and musical pictures in the very early '30's actually treat the audience as adults - in the case of SCARFACE with Muni's unsettling inscestous desire for his sister, sexualized violence (his look of sheer lust when he first fires the Tommy gun is indelible) and great gags like one where a gang member reports "He told me to go take a flying f..." and is suddenly interrupted.

A truly brilliant piece of cinema, which along with another pre-Hayes code shocker, THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS remains bafflingly difficult to see. I can not ever recall either movie being shown on British television. Very odd.

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