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Two Tuesdays: Scarface (1932)

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.
(NR, 93 min.)


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

7:00 PM

We'll be kicking off a new series this year. Two Tuesdays will match a pair of related films to screen on the first two Tuesdays of each month. Free for Members

Two Tuesdays
June 1st: Scarface (1932)
June 8th: Scarface (1983)

Key lieutenant of South Side Chicago crime boss Johnny Lovo (Osgood Perkins), Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) is an ambitious and reckless gangster who ignores warnings not to mess with Irish gangs on the North Side. When the North Side retaliates, Tony essentially massacres them, leaving him on top of the world. Worried about Tony's overconfidence, however, Johnny orders him killed, but this also backfires, and Tony finds himself even closer to becoming king of the city. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley
Directors: Howard Hawks & Richard Rosson
Genre(s): Crime, Action, Drama

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"What it has, and what the many other gangster films that have followed it have not, is an ice-cold anger of purpose."

— Times (UK)

"By far the most visually inventive and tonally anarchic movie that Hawks made."

— Richard Brody, New Yorker

"[Scarface is] a brilliant film thanks mainly to the acting of Paul Muni and Ben Hecht's script."

— Alan Page, Sight & Sound

"Atmospheric, mesmerising and darkly humourous with a sizzling script and cast. This is a true classic of its genre."

— Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Scarface is a grisly, exciting gangster picture, based in part upon the career of Alphonse ("Scarface," "Snorkey") Capone."

— TIME Staff, TIME Magazine

"Scarface is one of best of the early gangster movies; its wit and building velocity speeds it past Little Caesar and keeps pace with Public Enemy."

— Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times

"Howard Hawks's 1932 masterpiece is a dark, brutal, exhilaratingly violent film, blending comedy and horror in a manner that suggests Chico Marx let loose with a live machine gun."

— Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Its seminal importance in the early gangster movie cycle outweighed only by its still exhilarating brilliance, this Howard Hughes production was the one unflawed classic the tycoon was involved with."

— Paul Taylor, Time Out

"Scarface contains more cruelty than any of its gangster picture predecessors, but there's a squarer for every killing. The blows are always softened by judicial preachments and sad endings for the sinners."

— Variety Staff, Variety