Thursday, August 25, 2011

Al Pacino Finally Acknowledges the Huge Debt That ‘Scarface’ Owes to Hip-Hop

Brian De Palma’s remake of Howard Hawks classic gangster film Scarface was released on December 9th, 1983 to middling box office and mediocre reviews.  The critical establishment saw it as a vulgar, exploitive cartoon.  It found new life on the then burgeoning home video market, where it has since amassed a sizable cult following.  That second life was spurred on largely by a generation whose perceptions of criminality had been largely shaped by the prosperity enjoyed by the more prosperous crack dealers of the time.  With figures like “Freeway” Ricky Ross and Alberto “Alpo” Martinez becoming ghetto celebrities in the wake of the films release, Scarface played for many as a timely and relevant parable.  Unfortunately, some even saw it as an inspiration on how to live the American dream.