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It snowed here once…well, just flurries actually.
It snowed here once…well, just flurries actually.
2010

In an iconic scene from the 1983 film Scarface, viewers recognize the protagonist's violent ascent to power in a visual cue that features Al Pacino in a sling, gesturing with his gun, and framed by the luscious tropical wallpaper behind him. This scene and the wall image behind him have become iconic in South Florida, to the point that it has become an accepted representation of a typical Floridian landscape. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the image used in the film depicts a lush tropical locale with several mountains--an obviously incongruence with Miami's notoriously flat surroundings.

This digital photograph, a reconciliation between an actual Miami sunset, and the iconic image produced by the film, speaks not only to the fallacy of cinema, but also to the paradisiacal representation of Miami, which obscures the true nature of this complex city, built on violence, corruption, and drug money.