Paul Muni was one of the great actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, a chameleonic performer who created his own distinctive makeup and specialized in depicting real-life individuals on the screen.
Today, though, few moviegoers are familiar with the work of this Oscar-winning master. The Library’s December film series will correct that by featuring titles in which Muni plays a gangster, a convict, a famous scientist, and a great French writer.
In Scarface, Muni plays Tony Camonte, an ambitious and ruthless gangster who rises to the top of the Chicago crime world (the character was based on Al Capone, who was in federal prison when the film was released.) Scarface kicked off a cycle of hard-hitting gangster films.
In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
Scarface (1932; NR)
December 7, 2013
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932; NR)
December 14, 2013
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936; NR)
December 21, 2013
The Life of Emile Zola (1937; NR)
December 28, 2013