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50 Years of the Godfather Lecture

Date & Time:
Wednesday, September 07, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel and the enormous popularity of the 1972 film and two subsequent sequels alone make The Godfather a media sensation the late twentieth century. The novel introduced terms like "consigliere" and "caporegime" to American audiences. The film introduced cleverly scripted terms like “the family business,” “Luca Bratze sleeps with the fishes,” and the justly famous, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Many elements were pulled from thinly veiled truthful references from real live events. Frank Sinatra’s famous troubles in the fifties, the movement of crime families from the east coast to Vegas and the southwest, and the inside workings of Cosa Nostra. Just as famous was the various squabbles and deals made in the making of the film including Paramount’s notorious fights with writer/director Frances Ford Coppola coming off a decisive win (the Oscar!) for writing Patton after a series of disastrous film directing flubs (Dementia 13 and Finian’s Rainbow). As Tom Hagen would say, “the Don would like to speak with you.”

Zoom link: https://columbiastate.zoom.us/j/3416150757 Meeting ID: 341 615 0757

Library 213 and Zoom


1665 Hampshire Pike

Columbia, TN 38401

Contact Info:
Name: Stuart Lenig
Email: slenig@ColumbiaState.edu
Phone: 931.540.2877

50 Years of the Godfather Lecture