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Of course I've seen it dozens of times. Who hasn't?
In fact, when Kerry and I were young and first married, we used to throw parties at which we'd watch the entire trilogy. I'd make homemade pasta, sauce, meatballs and bread and he'd get a bunch of different types of red wine.
We'd put red-and-white checkered tablecloths, linen napkins and wooden bread baskets out on tables all around the house and patio. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin music was blaring...not to mention the original soundtrack, natch.
And no matter how many times it is broadcast on AMC, TCM, WGN or any other network or cable movie network, I will watch "The Godfather." Every installment. All of it. Every time. Last night, I watched Part One for the 7,490th time, BTW.
I'm not sure if Mario Puzo made me an offer I couldn't refuse after my initial viewing or what, but I simply cannot and will not stop watching these films whenever it is humanly possible. WHY? Could be the obvious life lesson messages (other than keeping your enemies closer than your pals):
1 -Don't make a promise unless you intend to deliver.
2 -Mind your own business...stay out of other people's.
3 -Family is the most important thing, period so NEVER GO AGAINST YOUR FAMILY.
4 -Close friends are ALMOST as important as family.
5 -Keep your emotions in check; don't act out of anger, especially.
Or it could be the super cool throwback cars and clothes and music. Maybe it's the dichotomy the whole thing represents: I mean, these guys are RUTHLESS CRIMINALS yet I'm rooting for the family every single time. Part of me always wishes against hope that Sonny will NOT fly off the handle to his complete annihilation at the tool booth ambush in the first flick. *See rule #5.
Then again, maybe I just have a mad crush on early 1970s-era Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert DeNiro. #Truth
For those of you who STILL haven't seen any of the GODFATHER trilogy...rectify this immediately. Or risk sleeping with the fishes, Capisce?
Mt 15: 21-28 At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon ... And behold, a Canaanite woman ... called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon." ... He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me." He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour.