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Francis Ford Coppolas 1972 masterpiece the Godfather revised thegangster genre The first incarnation of the gangster genreestablished the generic terms for diagnosing the corruption anddiseases of the present207 whereas the new gangster film emphasizedthe division between past and present city and country294Coppolas interpretation of Mario Puzos novel the Godfather told thestory of the Corleone family headed by the patriarch Don Vito CorleoneDon Vito Corleone is the father of four children Connie gets married inthe opening scene hotheaded Sonny forgettable Fredo and war heroMichael The family is a well-established crime family trying to livelife as normally as possible in a cutthroat environment The Godfather echos the changes in the film industry and Americansociety by utilizing graphic violence and the conflict between doingbusiness and living according to meaningful values-a conflict built intothe very familial and economic structure of American society299There is an assassination attempt on Don Corleone while his stops off tobuy some fruit this is the catalyst for an all out war among the crimefamilies Michael gets into trouble by killing the chief of police forrevenge and goes to Sicily to lay low While in the beautiful Siciliancountryside Michael falls in love and then marries a young womanAppolonia Appolonia dies when Michaels car explodes Michael comeshome to America to take his rightful place as the head of the familyhis brother was brutally assassinated at a toll booth Afterabdicating to Michael Don Vito Corleone dies peacefully in his tomatogarden After the baptism of his nephew Michael is now the Godfather inmore ways than one The division between past and present is seen through the differencesbetween Don Vitos style as head of the family and Michaels Don Vitovalues personal relationships more than business ones as seen in thefirst scene where he makes the undertaker refer to him as his friendTheir ways of doing business are very different but they both have thewell-being of the family as their number one priority The struggles theCorleones have reveal that the Mafia
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