Sunday, March 25, 2012

march 1972: vineland, new jersey

I was a bank teller at the time.  There were seven teller windows at our downtown branch, and there was my very-English "Mr. Dixon" sign to identify me.  All the other teller last names were Italian.  That's how it was in Vineland, lots of residents of Italian descent...

... and what a big deal it was forty years ago this weekend, when the movie The Godfather was released!  The local theater was packed for days, and the film was the talk over coffee break for quite a long time.  There was some sort of Italian-American pride going on, even though the topic, the Mafia (a word that couldn't be used in the film), isn't particularly flattering.

Me, having read the Mario Puzo novel, I loved the movie too, and it has stood the test of time.  Its cinematic achievements are still apparent today, and it is without question one of the best movies of all time.

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