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Why Scarface confuses critics

By Rhik Samadder  

How did Scarface become a film classic? It's just as quotable as Withnail & I or Wayne’s World, and just as silly

Scarface, Brian de Palma’s hysterically violent shoot-em-up, whose poster hangs on countless teenage bedroom walls, is nearly 30 years old. Initially the film was critically rebuked, but it has since become a cult classic, and last week saw the release of the Blu-Ray special edition. So did the critics miss something?

Scarface’s influence is beyond doubt. It has entered the pantheon of pop-cultural pastiche,…

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