Monday, 24 February 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 73: Fri Mar 14

Carlito's Way (De Palma, 1993): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.15pm


This film screens as part of the Al Pacino season and is also being shown on March 6th. Details here.

Time Out review:
A fairly straightforward '30s-style gangster tragedy about a man doomed to an early grave by his society and his own code. Carlito (Pacino) wants out of the rackets, but to get there he has to 'play Bogart', running a discotheque, and even then he can't escape his friends - lover Miller and lawyer Penn. Just as Carlito can't reconcile who he is and where he came from, so Brian De Palma can't quite craft an anonymous mainstream movie. The picture comes alive in its set-pieces, most notably in the climax at Grand Central Station. It runs long and is ultimately not much more than a showpiece, but Pacino looks every inch a movie star, and De Palma provides a timely reminder of just how impoverished the Hollywood lexicon has become since the glory days of the '70s.
Tom Charity

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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