"trang chủ Alone" cinematographer Julio Macát details the creation of the faux gangster that gives the holiday classic one of its most iconic lines.

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Angels With Filthy Souls may not be an actual fliông chồng, but the faux filmnoir is as iconic as the 1990 movie in which it appears.

Giving trang chủ Alone one of its most popular lines — “Keep the change, you filthy animal” — the gangster picture that helped Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) pull off a few ruses paid homage to lớn an actual film,Angels With Dirty Faces, which was releasedNov. 26, 1938.

To celebrate the probable anniversary of the faux classic,trang chủ Alone cinematographer Julio Mamèo details howAngels With Filthy Souls was created — a job so well done, even stars noted they believed the gangster picture was the real khuyến mãi (“My entire childhood, I thought the old-timey movie that Kevin watches in Home Alone …was actually an old movie,” Seth Roren previously said via Twitter).

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“We really wanted to bởi an homage lớn the movie <Angels With Dirty Faces>, but we really didn’t watch it a lot,” Macát explains. “We just wanted the feel of a classic gangster film.”


Warner Bros.’Angels With Dirty Faces was packed with legendary star power the likes ofJames Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan & George Bancroft. It wasnominated for three Oscars: best actor (Cagney), best director (Michael Curtiz) và the category then known as best story (Rowl& Brown).

“What really helped was being in Chicago và having those theater actors,” Mamèo says of re-creating that bygone era. The late Ralph Foody played the hard-nosed Johnny, whoseThompson “Tommy” submachine gun was only overpowered by his maniacal laughter. Michael Guivì played Snakes, who while seeking his “dough” met an untimely over via a countdown cut short. Foody died in 1999 at the age of 71.

“I could tell that came from the theater because he was larger than life,” saysMacat, who notestrang chủ Alone was his first feature as acinematographer & Angels was filmedon the last day of preparation before production. “We shot that whole thing in one day. We did it quickly.”

It wasMacat’s idea to shoot the faux film in the style of the late ’30s — which means it fell on hyên ổn to make it happen. “I got some very slowASA black-and-white film from Kodak, which means you have strong lights lớn get exposure. You need three or four times more light than normal to lớn expose the film,” he recalls. “Then there was the strong backlighting, smoking up the room và having the shutters with the classic noir style. I used double fog filters, & I tried lớn match the camera lenses. I used a little netting material in front of the lenses lớn blow out the highlights even more.”

Angels With Filthy Soulswas shot inside a little library in Lincoln Park. And Macat says it was a particularly cold day & the building did not have sầu a heater.“I was thinking, ‘Thank God for the hot lights,"” he says.

The seasoned cinematographer — who has 40 films lớn his credit, but trang chủ Alone remains his favorite — recalls the submachine gun being intimidating, at least khổng lồ everyone but Foody. “The way that he handled the gun, he just went full force with it,” Mamèo says, chuckling. “I don’t remember having to lớn add any fire flashes in front of the gun. And it was super loud, which made everything better because it was scary. We were safe, but it was scary.”

Mamèo returned ascinematographer for trang chủ Alone 2, which included another installment of the gangster series:Angels With Even Filthier Souls, again starringFoody. “I once said jokingly lớn Chris, ‘Dude, write the script for Angels With Filthy Souls. I want to shoot that movie!"”

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