Friday, June 15, 2012


Chicago/Prohibition week (5 of 7)

Day 5 The Untouchables (1987)

Brian De Palma gave the old Chicago gangster film an updated treatment here to good effect.

Random thoughts: Brian De Palma is clearly a student of cinema. The best scene in the movie is the train station sequence with the baby carriage which De Palma admits was based on Battleship Potemkin. The opening scene with Capone at the barber shop reminded me a lot of Edward G. Robinson talking to the press in Smart Money.

“You want to know how to get Capone? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a gun. You pull a knife. He sends one of your to the hospital. You send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way. And that’s how you get Capone!”

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