El enemigo público
El enemigo público

El enemigo público

The public Enemy

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Año de producción

1931

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Sobre la película

Una de las primeras películas de gangsters de la historia que cimentó las bases del género y consagró a su estrella, James Cagney.

Tom Powers es un tipo listo y bravucón que junto a su íntimo amigo Matt Doyle se dedica al contrabando de licor durante los violentos años de la Ley Seca. Juntos irán escalando posiciones en el mundo del hampa ante la firme oposición de sus familias.

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  • Variety

    de Variety

    There's no lace on this picture. It's raw and brutal. It's low-brow material given such workmanship as to make it high-brow. To square everything there's a foreword and postscript moralizing on the gangster as a menace to the public welfare.

    9.5 9.5
  • Chris Barsanti

    de Slant Magazine

    Contrary to popular opinion, the best moment in The Public Enemy isn't when Jimmy Cagney shoves a grapefruit in his girlfriend's face—it's the moment Chicago gangsters Tom Powers (Cagney in a career-making performance) and his buddy Matt Doyle (Edward Woods) hear that one of their own is dead, not by a rival gangster, but from being thrown off his horse. Even when Powers and Doyle march into the stable in a welter of cold fury, you don't quite believe they're actually going to execute the horse, and yet they do. In a film that begins and ends with high-toned messages about the evil hoodlums do to society, this was likely originally intended to illustrate the rapacious inhumanity of these gangsters (a horse?), but there's no denying its intrinsic black comedy. Studio-imposed moralizing aside, this is a film with a wicked sense of humor—witness the scene in which a swishy haberdasher feels up Cagney's bicep while measuring him for a suit—that makes up for an occasionally stale plot.

    7.5 7.5