A short documentary exposing the realities and difficulties faced by the people involved on a new version of Howard Hawks' classic Scarface (1932) and how they managed to transpose the ...
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A short documentary exposing the realities and difficulties faced by the people involved on a new version of Howard Hawks' classic Scarface (1932) and how they managed to transpose the background story to the then new 1980's audiences. De Palma, Pacino, writer Oliver Stone and producer Martin Bregman make comparisons with the 1930's film and the changes needed for the updated project. Written by
Al Pacino, Brian DePalma, Oliver Stone and producer Martin Bregman are interviewed about the pre-production of SCARFACE. Producer Bregman says that he thought the story would good into the then current times and he talks about bringing Pacino on board. From here Pacino talks about seeing the original movie and feeling so strongly about it. He also mentions that he had heart that Scorsese and DeNiro had been kicking around the idea of remaking it. From here we focus on coming up with the right story and apparently Sidney Lumet was responsible for having the Cuban setting. From here the four men talk about various issues that came up during the pre-production and some of the most entertaining stories come from Stone who talks about his research. He admits to doing a lot of cocaine at the time and what influence this had on the script. He also talks about bringing up the wrong name to some drug members and feeling that he was in danger. At just around 13-minutes there's certainly nothing ground-breaking here but I think the documentary at least gives you a good idea of what the early stages of the film were like. All four men tell some pretty good stories and you at least get the idea that all of them knew they were going for something quite different than what people had previously seen.
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