1932: Scarface – Defining the American Gangster Film



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Cinema is littered with gangster and organised crime; stylish anti-heroes that crave wealth and power, they play by their own rules and stop at nothing to get what they want.

Although crime has been the topic of films since the very beginning, the rules, conventions and ideology of the Gangster film as a genre didn’t emerge and solidify until the beginning of the sound era, and they started largely with three films, Little Caesar and The Public Enemy from 1931 and Scarface from 1932.

The films take influence from real world events like Prohibition, the wall street crash and the rise of real world gangsters like Al Capone.

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