Scarface. 1932. USA. Directed by Howard Hawks. 99 min.
Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Seton I. Miller, John Lee Mahin, W. R. Burnett, based on the novel by Armitage Trail. With Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, George Raft. This twisted variation on Hawks’s usual depictions of the professional worlds of aviators, cowboys, and newspaper reporters, together with the reimportation of Muni from Broadway, lends Scarface, with its almost Shakespearean plot, a gravitas that far outpaces its predecessors in the genre. Scarface challenged industry censorship with its portrait of criminals enjoying their work. The exhibition features a rare lobby card from the film’s release. Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.