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Reconstructing American Historical CinemaFrom Cimarron to Citizen Kane$
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J.E. Smyth

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124063

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.001.0001

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Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932

Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932

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(p.57) 2 Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932
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Reconstructing American Historical Cinema
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J.E. Smyth

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0003

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

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