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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...despite its failings, The Godfather Effect is generally engaging. Even though the author adds little to the existing corpus of Godfather commentary, he capably weaves together the memoirist elements, the history, and the analyses of the formal and thematic aspects of the films.Read Full Review of The Godfather Effect: Changin... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
Unfortunately, Mr. Santopietro relies entirely on second- and third-hand anecdotes about the making of the three "Godfather" movies, essentially doing a clip job from previous articles and books.Read Full Review of The Godfather Effect: Changin... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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