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Make Story Watch The Godfather

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Billy Wilder said, "Grab 'em by the throat, and never let 'em go." You only have a few moments to grab your audience, so you better make it count. Michael: "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse." Kay: "What was that?" Clemenza: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." Now there are plenty of reasons to watch "The Godfather," but one that sticks out from the rest is the opening scene: a conversation between Bonasera and Vito Corleone, the Don. The setup is simple, Bonasera asks The Don for a favor, to bring mafia justice to the men that wronged his daughter. And we can tell from the beginning that Vito is a man to be feared and we're about to enter the criminal world of La Cosa Nostra in the 1940's. It's easy to write a man like Vito off without knowing anything about him based on images presented to us in these opening shots. Vito: "That I cannot do." Bonasera: "I'll give you anything you ask." Through the dialogue, we recognize the true power of this scene. Bonasera: "How much shall I pay you?" Through Bonasera's approach, we fear the reputation of Don Corleone. Through Corleone's almost socratic response, we respect Vito's intelligence, and align ourselves as the audience, with his true values: loyalty, respect, and family. Vito: "Bonasera, Bonasera. What have I ever done to make you take me so disrespectfully. If you'd come to me in friendship, then that scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you." Bonasera: "Be my friend... ...Godfather." Vito: "Good. Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day." And it's through his values presented to us here, that we allow ourselves to add the extra layers to his sons, his subordinates, and even his enemies as the story progresses. About three minutes. That's all it took Francis Ford Coppola to grab you for about three hours. Vito: "I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all, we're not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker thinks."

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Make Story Watch The Godfather

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