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Old Aug 29, 2006, 07:11 PM
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Godfather II

Just watched (again) one of my favourite films- Gdfather II. That's some fillum.

What's the deal with the food?

I can see that on a very basic level it's there to humanise the characters and to give us an empathy with them, as they sit down to eat like normal everyday people.

But there's something more to it than that. I thought I was picking up that each major interlude of violence was superceded by a food segment, but then the ending blew all that out of the water as the major characters were wasted with barely a ravioli being seen beforehand.

There's a message there and it's tantalisingly close, but I'm just not getting the last bit of it. Could it be that with the death of Mama Corleone the link between the food and the deaths was broken - though she's never really at the forefront of the film with regard to the food- or am I reading too much into it?

So what's the deal with the timing of the food scenes? They are a notable feature of the first film also.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 08:42 PM
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Just watched (again) one of my favourite films- Gdfather II. That's some fillum.

What's the deal with the food?

I can see that on a very basic level it's there to humanise the characters and to give us an empathy with them, as they sit down to eat like normal everyday people.

But there's something more to it than that. I thought I was picking up that each major interlude of violence was superceded by a food segment, but then the ending blew all that out of the water as the major characters were wasted with barely a ravioli being seen beforehand.

There's a message there and it's tantalisingly close, but I'm just not getting the last bit of it. Could it be that with the death of Mama Corleone the link between the food and the deaths was broken - though she's never really at the forefront of the film with regard to the food- or am I reading too much into it?

So what's the deal with the timing of the food scenes? They are a notable feature of the first film also.
Dude, they're Italian.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 08:43 PM
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Ever had an Itallian girlfriend with a traditional family?
It's all about the food.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 08:48 PM
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Saturday Night Fever.......Travolta comes to the dinner table, drapped in a bed sheet to eat so as to not get any sauce on his outfit. Every body eats, everybody yells, everybody swings their hands.......

.....nobody sez nuttin 'bout the bed sheet.

Just kills me.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 08:57 PM
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I don't see any real deep meaning with the timing of food oriented scenes in the film. Food plays a major role in the Italian culture and maybe even more so in the NY Italian-American culture. It is bound to show up in major scenes in any film that is so oriented no matter if it is violent or not.

In any film with violence there are warmer, calmer, more humanizing scenes to show the more complex nature of the characters and to allow the audience to settle down so that the violence can be shocking. Horror films do this as well. Filmmakers often seek to control the emotions of the audience in order to accentuate the violence and not overload them with it so as to desensitize them. In Italian oriented movies - a majority or large percentage of these calming scenes are naturally going to involve meals.
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 07:21 AM
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And don't forget about Goodfellas; the prison dinners (Paulie slicing garlic with a razor), eatting an early morning dinner with Tommy's mother after beating a made man to death, Henry cooking up dinner the night he gets busted......I don't think you could make a gangster movie without the food!
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 08:09 AM
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Saturday Night Fever.......Travolta comes to the dinner table, drapped in a bed sheet to eat so as to not get any sauce on his outfit. Every body eats, everybody yells, everybody swings their hands.......

.....nobody sez nuttin 'bout the bed sheet.

Just kills me.
...an then...an then hits my hair.
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