PG, 93 minutes
Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft, Boris Karloff
“No writer came close to replicating the sound of machine gun fire with his dialogue than Ben Hecht,” says author and critic Geoff Pevere, who will introduce this month’s edition of The Great Screenwriters. Hecht, who began his career as a journalist, lived and breathed in the seedy underworlds he later adapted to novel and film. Scarface, which shows the rise and fall of Tony Camonte (Muni, and later played by Al Pacino in Brian de Palma’s 1983 remake), was not Hecht’s first turn in the gangster genre, having earlier penned Josef Von Sternberg’s Underworld (1927). If you’re only familiar with the quotable re-make, you owe it to yourself to see how Hecht and Hawks’s work influenced Stone and De Palma.
Come watch an undisputed classic of the gangster genre, which will be preceded by an assortment of 16mm cartoons and shorts from 1932.
Special Event Pricing: General $13, $10 Members, students and seniors. Licensed event.