Episode 34 – The Godfather

The famiglia gathers at the request of our resident Italian, to pay homage to the quintessential Italian-American crime drama. Yes, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Francis Ford Coppola directed adaptation of Mario Puzo‘s 1969 crime novel – The Godfather. The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family, one of the five major New York Italian mafia families over the course of a decade, from 1945 to 1955, as they navigate the world of organized crime. This film is stacked with a powerhouse cast, featuring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall.

The Godfather is jam-packed with Italian music, language, food, and culture, intermixed with scenes of graphic violence that plagued these criminal families over the decades. While much of the story development centers around this life of violent crime, the one theme ever-present throughout the film, is that of family. So, fire up a pot of marinara while you dip your bread into this installment of the Never Seen It Podcast.