THEATER 1 Mon, Sep 4, 2023 6:00 PM
THEATER 1 Sun, Sep 10, 2023 3:45 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1932
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Howard Hawks
Cast:Paul Muni
Ann Dvorak
Karen Morley
Osgood Perkins
C. Henry Gordon


This seminal gangster film, loosely based on Chicago’s own Al Capone (who was rumored to have liked the film so much that he obtained a copy), SCARFACE was produced and filmed during the pre-Code era, when regulations on film content were scant, and released at the outset of the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code (also known as the Hays Code). Concerned with the film’s grisly violence and sympathetic portrayal of mobsters, the release of SCARFACE was delayed, and Hawks was required to make substantial edits, including deleting scenes deemed overly sexual. Screenwriter Howard Hughes was even forced to write an alternate ending that condemned gang violence. Retitled as SCARFACE: THE SHAME OF THE NATION (subtle!), the film’s release was further stymied when it was rejected by the Chicago Film Review Board, a department of the Chicago Police Department. This 4K restoration of the original, unaltered theatrical cut is followed by footage that was shot to appease censor boards.
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