ACF#21 The Godfather

 

Happy New Year! Here at the ACF, we decided to give you a great American family story for the season of feasts! Join us in exploring the exciting Corleone family, much-beloved of Democrats, because they’re immigrants, and of Republicans, because they’re business men, job creators, and family men.

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  1. Gary McVey Contributor
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    As a sentimental New Yorker of a certain age, I just can’t hear “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” without thinking warm holiday thoughts about cleaning, oiling and assembling a submachine gun in preparation for a big rubout.

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  2. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Go to the mattresses? You’re such a guy….

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  3. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Gary McVey (View Comment):
    As a sentimental New Yorker of a certain age, I just can’t hear “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” without thinking warm holiday thoughts about cleaning, oiling and assembling a submachine gun in preparation for a big rubout.

    Rub out? Anyone in particular?

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    Great timing as Godfather I, II, and (shudder) III have just come to Netflix.

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  5. Judge Mental Member
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    I would say that Sonny is more American than Michael.  Michael retains some of the old country sensibility contained in the old saying, “revenge is a dish best served cold’.  Sonny can’t do that.  He will go directly at the problem, with no subtlety.

    Sonny is also bigger than life in a very American way.  Loud, brash, horny, flashy.  And when Carlo beats up his sister?  He gives him a sound thrashing.

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  6. Titus Techera Contributor
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I would say that Sonny is more American than Michael. Michael retains some of the old country sensibility contained in the old saying, “revenge is a dish best served cold’. Sonny can’t do that. He will go directly at the problem, with no subtlety.

    Sonny is also bigger than life in a very American way. Loud, brash, horny, flashy. And when Carlo beats up his sister? He gives him a sound thrashing.

    That’s all true. But remember America’s favorite political dynasty, the Kennedys–don’t get mad, get even!

    Or any of the success stories. It’s people who put planning above passion.

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  7. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
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    They’re atypical Americans, but they obsess about being successful in America, being what America loves, more than anyone else!

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  8. muzikgeye Member
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    Titus, just finished listening to this podcast. I loved the conversation with Paul Rahe. Loved the conversation  surrounding the distinction between American and non-American values/sensibilities/family values. I will see the movie again in a new light. Thanks for this conversation and all your podcasts.

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  9. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
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    Glad you liked them!

    If I can ask a favor–give us a rating/review, in case you use iTunes! 

    & of course, any time you share our podcasts online, it’s a great help. I need some audience growth if I am to get my guests to keep returning…

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  10. muzikgeye Member
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I absolutely will.

    As a suggestion, I would love a discussion on all the aspects that impacted film before and after the collapse of the studio system in the 1950s. And ultimately, are we better or worse for this development; the sacrifice of good profitable product with studios limitations vs. more creative freedom, and much more narcissism . Probably it’s a mixed bag, but a discussion on all aspects would be great.

     

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