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ACF#41 The Untouchables


Let’s talk about The Untouchables, Brian De Palma and David Mamet’s answer to The Godfather! My friend John Presnall and I give you a conversation about the Mafia and America and all the different elements these amazing artists wove together: Democracy, tyranny, Europe, America, Protestants, Catholics, WASPs, Irishmen, Italians, and all sorts of other things brought to life by Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, and Patricia Clarkson. Listen and share, friends!

ACF#30: Taxi Driver


New episode! Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, which earned Robert de Niro another Oscar nomination right after winning for Godfather: Part II. Another ’70s political crisis story, another timely examination of individualism. Travis Bickle is a man who learns how corrupt society can become and we learn how he goes insane. So join my friend John Presnall and me for a ride through the nightmare that was ’70s New York City and let’s look at respectability, madness, and evil in America!

ACF#22: Godfather Part II


Today, John Presnall and I complete our discussion of The Godfather. We look at how Part II reverses the structure of the original–we move from a young Michael and adult Vito to the reverse. Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola thus complete the portrayals of the two generations. Then we also discuss the all-American story of the immigrant Corleone family, of making it in New York, moving out West, and going international in Cuba. The Corleones rehearse American history and this changes the non-American Sicilian principle of “True Friendship” Vito tries to adapt to the New World.