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Thomas Dunne Books
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429952620336 Pages
A brilliant examination of our forty year obsession with the classic film trilogy—and a personal reflection on what it means to be Italian-American
Forty years and one billion dollars in gross box office receipts after the initial release of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola's masterful trilogy continues to fascinate viewers old and new. The Godfather Effect skillfully analyzes the reasons behind this ongoing global phenomenon. Packed with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from all three Godfather films, Tom Santopietro explores the historical origins of the Mob and why they thrived in America, how Italian-Americans are portrayed in the media, and how a saga of murderous gangsters captivated audiences around the globe. Laced with stories about Brando, Pacino, and Sinatra, and interwoven with a funny and poignant memoir about the author's own experiences growing up with an Italian name in an Anglo world of private schools and country clubs, The Godfather Effect is a book for film lovers, observers of American life, and Italians of all nationalities.
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I am willing to sacrifice my best scene to make the film better … anything … I can always put it back. That's the difference with life—you can't put it back.—FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA