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X marks the spot in The Departed - the prequel

Scarfacedvd 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.

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Technically, any scene Paul Muni appears in contains an X, if you count his scar.

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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.

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Check out the rearview mirror!

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Monday May 22

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

* Scarface (1932)

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Brian Feldman

Fanxastic!

Juan

Any thoughts on Pirates? I know you didnt like the second one so you probably didnt like the third one, but i'm still interested in any quick thoughts you wanna share before your review hits on friday.

ReneRodriguez

The third Pirates suffers from the same problem as the second movie: It's way too bloated and overlong for the tiny story it tells. The last 20 minutes are fun. Too bad the movie runs almost three hours. Or at least feels that way.

Roger

Dude, you and the Xes. Studying Cinema Semiotics, are you? Fun screen captures, but the whole time-hands-too much of thing comes to mind.

Rene Rodriguez

You're just jealous, Roger.

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