Fully annotated movie guide. Includes detailed essays; interviews with filmmakers Oliver Stone, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino, shot by shot breakdown and more.
Scarface is a powerful, stylized commentary on violence, materialism, excess, corruption and crime in America. Set during the drug-driven decadence of Miami in the 1980s, it is a rags to riches story about the rise and fall of an illegal immigrant from dishwasher to narcotics kingpin who is undone by greed and delusions of grandeur triggered by cocaine psychosis. It is both thrilling entertainment and a wicked, nightmarish parody of the American dream.
Scarface: The Ultimate Guide places the movie in its historical context and examines its origins, development, production, release, critical reception and current status in the culture. The highlight of the book is a detailed analysis of the movie from first frame to fade out.
Everything there is to possibly know about the history of the 1983 gangster classic is here.
Sit back, grab a glass of gin, spark up a Cuban cigar, check the magazine in your M16 assault rifle with 40mm grenade launcher, find a mirror or clear a surface on your desk and let Scarface: The Ultimate Guide take you on an illuminating tour of your favorite movie.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It is hard to fathom an actor like Al Pacino having to do 7 or 8 takes before he was psyched enough to play out a scene. But apparently it is what it took. It was also shocking to learn the film's opening received very negative reviews. The comments made would have suggested the movie would never make it.
Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. I like his voice, his emphasis and clarity. He made it compelling and very interesting to learn all the details behind this movie.
Any additional comments?
For sure I will look for more audiobooks narrated by Mike Dennis. I really appreciated the work Damian Stevenson did in uncovering every last detail connected to this movie. This is a book for anyone who has seen the movie.
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