Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What's With Men And The Godfather I, II, and III?

Yes, they were good movies, especially the first one. Yes, they had wonderful actors, story line, yada, yada. Well, maybe using Coppola's daughter might not have been the best idea, but nepotism is alive and well in America.

I remember seeing all three of them waaaaaaay back when. And I got over it. I have already told my husband, Norman, there is now a moratorium on having to hear about these movies.
Is this a guy thing? Most of the men I know quote from them as if they were the Holy Grail. They say lines from the movies the moment they get together. I'm trying to think of one man I know who doesn't rhapsodize poetic, reciting  many of the scenes and lines when the subject come up. And these movies were made decades ago. Before, during, and since fabulous, fabulous movies came out of Hollywood. What is with the male concentration on GI,II,III?
Maybe I'm coming at it from a female point of view. These women didn't get treated so well. When they were in the way, they either got bedded or slapped around. They had absolutely no power as women or people. Not something to emulate.
Also, I am Italian American. My life took on a new slant when these movies came out. Most people think this is the life of Italian Americans. Not mine nor anyone I knew. Possibly, the menfolk in my family were too stupid to be a part of the Mafia. But regardless, these movies became the defining example of the culture.
So on a lot of levels, I resent the impact they've had on our society. I mean, the Italian culture is so much more that guys running around with guns and slapping people around.
But mainly, I don't get it. Guys, they were just movies! Get over it.
And I guess, maybe I need to get over myself. Stereotypes are alive and well in America, just like nepotism. I guess I'll have to grin and bear it. But be very careful what you say to me. I'm sure I've got a cousin somewhere.....
Anybody have another point of view? Love to hear it!!


Unknown said...

I'm remembering your uncle, a picturesque sort, who agreed to help finance our Mermaid Theatre effort, "The Imaginary Invalid." He said, charmingly, that if it didn't work out, he'd "open a goulash joint." We all had to ask what that meant. And no, it wasn't a Hungarian restaurant. Do I detect a slightly stepped-on toe here? LOL! Have to admit the original had some very quotable lines in it. I didn't really get into the others, though I love Sofia as a director ("Lost In Translation"). Eyyyy, fuggedaboudit.

katcoz said...

Oh no Heather, if you read Entangled you'll see I used the "Leave the gun, take the cannoili" reference. Sorry :-)

Heather Haven said...

Hi Unknown, altho I feel I know you! I remember all three of my uncles, Frank, Bill, and Tony. There is a picture of the three of them sitting together at my wedding. Straight out of Damon Ruynon, those three. No longer with us, I do miss them. They were so colorful!

Heather Haven said...

Hi Kathleen! Donworryboutit. No big deal. Started Entangled, still in the 1st chapter, and already love it. You tickle my funny bone, toots!

dolorah said...

I think guys just like pretending to shoot a machine gun. Sorta like playing air guitar. Yep, mostly a guy thing.

Heather Haven said...

Thank you Dolorah. I'm sure you're right. The air guitar, for sure.