Mario Cuomo, Vocal Foe of Italian Stereotyping, Finally Sees ‘The Godfather’

Oct 22, 2013 1051

Mario M. Cuomo's hate-hate relationship with "The Godfather" has been well documented. For four decades, he refused even to see any of the movies or, presumably, to read Mario Puzo's book. He all but denied that the Mafia existed. And who could forget that unfortunate slip of the tongue during the 1992 presidential campaign, when Bill Clinton suggested that Mr. Cuomo, then the governor of New York, acted like a Mafioso?

But over the weekend, Mr. Cuomo, 81, did the unthinkable: he finally watched "The Godfather." And, somewhat grudgingly, he offered that "maybe this thing was a masterpiece". Mr. Cuomo's change of heart was spurred by the 2013 Forum Film Festival at the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law School, when he finally accepted an offer long refused.

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