The ‘Godfather’ is an offer no audience can refuse. Don Corleone doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer but rather, he chooses to ‘make them an offer they cannot refuse’. Making a deal with the old tiger is more than a petty little business transaction; its a life-long bond. But more importantly, when you miss out or you just figure the Corleone’s are not your cup of tea, you are in for a real treat, which is not exactly all fun n’ games. Generation after generation, one is unable to escape the chains of the ‘Mafia family’ as you become a victim of the family tradition - a puppet whose strings are moved by the hands of fate. The Godfather remains a bravura piece of work; it is a measured, deathly serious epic which transcended American expectations through its memorable set pieces and scenes, dialogue and the performances which entrenched cinematic icons.
No one would dare speak of the ‘Mafia’ in this film, even though it tells a tale whose roots are at the heart of organized crime. It is no coincidence that the film begins and ends with a wedding and a baptism – and not because the Godfather is crazy about religion - but because this American family which has been depicted is nothing of the normal American family we have come accustomed to but this tale of the New York clan Corleone reflects the compulsions and fears afflicting American society with Vietnam still ever-present and burning American minds. America’s hallowed norm of good and evil was looking more beleaguered than ever after the Godfather hit the screens but the Godfather represents the true American family as it were for many years.
The Godfather, surrounded by his sons and confidants he sinks into his dogmatic slumber in his darkened reception room, glowing in a musty brown light, the perfect depiction of dignity, power and reputation. He listens to the dilemmas, accepts congratulations and revels in the respect offered left, right, and centre.
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