Culture in the Film "The Godfather" Film Review by scribbler

Culture in the Film "The Godfather"
An analysis of the Sicilian culture in the film "The Godfather" directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
# 152969 | 979 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper analyzes the significant role of Sicilian culture and Sicilian immigrants in the story of "The Godfather" and discusses food and the presentation of food as an important component of the culture. Next, the paper addresses the roles of family, pride, violence and loyalty in the film and discusses the film's impact on American culture. The paper posits that "The Godfather" was the first real mafia film that portrayed it from inside the culture instead of outside, showing just how violent and ugly the underworld can be, how influential mafia people are, and how much of American business they still control.

From the Paper:

"The Sicilian culture and that of Sicilian immigrants is central to the story of "The Godfather." Vito Corleone is a Sicilian immigrant who brings his family to New York for a better life. The film portrays the poverty the family first faced at the turn of the century, and how important family was to the culture. Even the language of this film is culturally correct; they use the Sicilian dialect successfully in the film. One important component of the culture is food, which is prevalent throughout the film. There are several scenes that include food and how important it is to the culture. One specific scene is when the burly Clemenza instructs Michael how to make Sicilian "gravy" (spaghetti sauce). Clearly, food, and the preparation of food is traditional in Sicilian culture, and even the toughest men are at home in the kitchen. Lasagna and the traditional wedding cake are prevalent in the opening wedding scene, and many meetings (including bloody ones) take place in Italian restaurants. There are also oranges that appear in every scene where a killing is about to occur.
"Family is also extremely important in this film's culture. Don Corleone is absolutely ruthless when it comes to the "family business," but he is a softie when it comes to his family. He protects his children (especially Michael), he loves his grandchildren, and he even loves his pet cat. He seems gentle and harmless at first, but he is capable of great violence, which seems very unusual at first."

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