Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124063
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134765 | DOI:
Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932

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This chapter provides commentaries on the 1932 historical film Scarface. This film was directed by Howard Hawks and was based on Armitage Trail's novel of the same title which was about the life of Chicago gangster Al Capone. This chapter discusses the trend in contemporary crime and fictional gangster film during this period and explains the processes and challenges encountered in the production of Scarface.

Keywords: Scarface; historical film; gangster film; Howard Hawks; Armitage Trail; Al Capone; film production

Chapter.  10106 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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