Scarface And The Godfather Analysis

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Scarface (1983) and The Godfather (1972)

The films Scarface (1983) and The Godfather (1972) are both crime-drama films which focus on the rise of their respective characters up the criminal ladder, becoming leaders on their own right and experiencing parallels on their stories while interacting with characters with duality in rules for both films. Scarface’s Tony Montana opted for drug trade and started his own empire on the back and blood of the people he killed, while Michael Corleone took matters to his own hands when he saw his family being besieged by the other families, psychologically exploring the minds of the characters while trying to deal with outside threats and stimulus.

1. What are the
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Frank Lopez – Vito Corleone - Boss to his underling/ Son (Tony/Michael).
Elvira Hancock – Kay Adams – Lover to the main characters (Tony/Michael).
Omar Suarez – Peter Clemenza – A friend and second-man to the boss (Frank/Vito).
Alejandro Sosa – Virgil Sollozo – Rival to the boss and later the main character.

The Cheesy 80’s Miami on Scarface
The prevailing era of the film, set during and after the Cuban political crisis wherein many Cubans that was suspected of going against the regime was exiled from their homes, and Tony is among one of the thousands that came to the US. The refugees are given green cards and adequate assistance, yet not all of them supposedly deserve. The political minefield that the film tries to cross is lacking and barely even significant. What wasn’t lacking is the inclusion of 80’s pop culture. The roar of the ambience gives the streets a rather characteristic look, and the pinnacle of them all is Babylon Club, the hub of vices and excesses. Tony Montana’s era is defined on the criminal world where drugs are becoming the staple commodity, with cocaine taking the crown. Going after the “American Dream” was his goal, to include his sister and

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