There are many diverse types of editing styles that are used in the film industry. The one that Brian De Palma used was that of continuity editing, which in short, uses cuts and other transitions to tell stories efficiently with each shot having a continuous relationship to the next shot. The film is over two hours long so the scene up for discussion is about twenty minutes in when Tony is going into an apartment to collect some cocaine. The overall scene is about ten minutes long and shows Tony walking to the apartment, getting tied up with his accomplice who tagged along, and watching that accomplice get murdered in front of his face while Tony is anxiously waiting for his friends to show up and sho...
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All in all, this film is the dark side of the American dream. Brian De Palma did an excellent job at creating memorable scenes, such as the scene earlier explained and the famous ending with Pacino reciting “Say hello to my little friend”. Throughout the film some confusion is made due to frequent slips but overall the theme is consistent and remains consistent with the help of a strong cast. Without a doubt Al Pacino was the main star of the film and it probably wouldn’t have been such a success if another star was assigned his character. It’s hard to see anyone else playing Tony Montana after Al Pacino’s performance. This film, though full of violence and crime, protrudes moments of humor and controversial situations. It’s a momentous film created in the 80’s that is still considered a classic gangster film in today’s generation.
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