Saturday, April 7, 2012

A-Z Challenge: The Godfather

Please tell me you could see this one coming.  G-movies, Godfather...It's almost too obvious (NOTE: I would say it's cliche but calling things cliche is so cliche).

The Godfather is not only the best mob movie ever made, it's one of the best movies ever made.  I went through my childhood having seen bits and pieces of it.. I remember being ten or eleven and seeing some scenes from the beginning, including the infamous horse head scene.  If you don't know what I'm talking about you are not worthy of an explanation. 

I think I was in my late twenties by the time I finally sat down and watched it from beginning to end.  So many great lines came from The Godfather.  "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," being up at the top of the list, but followed closely by, "It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."

Honor, family, greed, fear, many things at play in one of the most classic crime dramas ever to play on the silver screen.  Not to mention the incredible acting by Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and James Caan.  Yes, The Godfather is an American classic.




Catherine Stine said...

I had the fortune of meeting Al Pacino after seeing him in a play in NYC. He is the nicest, most humble guy you'd want to meet. And can I say, getting a bit dumpy... I loved him even more after this, knowing that he has a big heart. I'm over from A to Z so hop on by if you like. #639

D.G. Hudson said...

I loved the Godfather movies, especially the early ones. (The grittier side of life that we don't like to acknowledge.)

The Horse Head scene, well, he must be a deep sleeper to not have felt that being put beside him. . .

I agree the Godfather is a classic, but don't you think we romanticize our gangsters a bit much? (Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, etc) I know, it's the adrenalin rush. . .

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a classic!

Red said...

This one is a classic. Not just for the excellent story, but for the stellar acting and the sheer longevity of it.

Overall, I hate we romanticize crime, and especially organized crime, as much as we do. It smacks of stereotyping to me. We love the Cosa Nostra, but hate gangs. Go figure.

Excellent choice for G.