Universal Pictures has finally released Howard Hawks' 1932 masterful Scarface as a stand-alone DVD (it was previously available only as a bonus on a deluxe gift set of the Brian De Palma/Al Pacino remake).
To go along with my previous post on how Martin Scorsese
stole paid homage to Hawks' use of the letter X as a symbol for impending doom in The Departed, here are a few screen grabs from the movie in which X makes a cameo appearance.
Technically, any scene Paul Muni appears in contains an X, if you count his scar.
Finally, the momentous episode of The Sopranos that aired two weeks ago contained a blatant reference to The Departed and the appearance of not one but two Xs moments before the death of a major character. Coincidence or not? You decide. Click on images to make them bigger.
Check out the rearview mirror!
. . A plus sign is just an X turned sideways.
Monday May 22
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
* Scarface (1932)