Scarface (De Palma, 1983): Rio Cinema, 11.30pm
This is the latest in the Rio's excellent midnight movies season. You can find all the details of the Dalston cinema's late-night screenings here.
Time Out review:
'The recent, unironic adoption of Brian De Palma’s
furious, ludicrous crime epic by gangstas, playas and hippety-hoppety
bling merchants of all stripes is perhaps testament to the film’s
outrageous cojones, rather than any piercing insight into the criminal
But there’s no denying that ‘Scarface’ is also a lot of fun, tracking homicidal Cuban homunculus Tony Montana (Al Pacino)
from his first footsteps on US soil to his operatic demise in a cloud
of AK-47 bullets and coke. In fact, cocaine-fuelled excess seems to
power the whole movie, from Oliver Stone’s overloaded, trashily self-aware script to Al Pacino’s
wildly unpredictable consonant-mangling mumble (‘Manolo, choot dis
piece a chit’), from De Palma’s magnificently indulgent Wellesian long
shots to the retina-scorching, high-kitsch set and costume design.
most impressive is Stone and De Palma’s unwillingness to cloak Tony’s
grotesque, voracious machine-gun capitalism with any sort of
‘Godfather’-style guff about honour and family: ‘Scarface’ is an
unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for
Here is the trailer.