Monday, June 23, 2008

LA Film Fest: Swear-A-Long Scarface

It was a warm summer night in Los Angeles with stars glinting overhead as the Ford Amphitheatre became a beautiful setting for Outdoor Screenings (part of the many events of the LA Film Festival). This open space was an oddly perfect place for a screening of Swear-A-Long Scarface... The film - uncensored, uncut - was seen by fans and newbies alike. Not for the faint of ears, it is known as having a record of 226 mentions unmentionable word on this blog.

Scarface - the 1983 version, anyway - follows the rise and fall of Tony Montana (Al Pacino), a Cuban immigrant with a criminal background, who has a distinctive scar on the left side of his face. The classic imperfect character, the movie plays out almost like a Greek tragedy dealing with criminal gangs and narcotics. Montana isn't all bad; he isn't all great. Part of him could be you, even though you might not want to be him.

The event was more than the chance to show - ahem - your open-mindness regarding the freedom of word choice. It was a chance for fans to recite famous lines, and reminsce with famous scenes...all while enjoying a space open to dinner beneath the stars - perhaps a peanut butter sandwich packed before heading out or a glass of white wine after a day at work.

The screening was graced by the presence of co-star Steven Bauer (who portrays Montana's sidekick Manny Ribera) and featured sponsorship by Metro Mix and 103.1 Indie.

Wednesday night features the fourth Ford Amphitheatre Screening - the documentary American Teen (June 25, 8 pm).

-Charity Tran, Web Coordinator

Check out's LA Film Festival picks in our LA Film Fest 2008 Newsletter!

1 comment:

steve said...

Also premiering in the upcoming summer is an extraordinary documentary of the untold story of the Poston Interim camps.

During WWII thousands of Japanese Americans were forcibly detained in camps. Poston was one of these camps. Built on an Indian Reservation, Poston became a harsh reality when honest American citizens were labeled the enemy. Passing Poston tells the haunting tale of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center and the struggles to reconcile the trauma of their youth. Each individual still searching and yearning during the last chapter of their lives, to find their rightful place in this country.

For all in the LA area Passing Poston is playing The week of July 11th, through july 17th. It is a must see and is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who witnesses it.

For more on Passing Poston check out the website at,