Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel The Godfather was on the bestseller list for 67 weeks, selling more than 21 million copies worldwide. Puzo’s screenplay for the 1972 film adaptation, arguably the defining portrait of the Mafia in the 20th century, contained some of cinema’s most memorable lines – “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” among them – an...

Francis Coppola has long wanted another crack at “The Godfather Part III,” looking to shorten it in places, and strengthen it in others, and change the title. He has been tinkering with that for awhile, as he re-cut versions of other films including “Cotton Club.” But he always said he needed Paramount Pictures’ blessing. Today, the studio announce...

In the renaissance period English playwrights such as William Shakespeare were obsessed with a man named Niccolo Machiavelli. In his day, Machiavelli was seen as the reputed expert of the art of political corruption and the attainment of power through sinister means. In fact he wrote a book titled “The Prince” that referenced history and offered in...

From Michael Corleone to Tony Soprano, on-screen mobsters are far more violent than virtuous. Yet despite dealings in organised crime — and their ability to justify murder as "business" — these men, and their families, identify as Catholics. Baptisms, confessions and other religious sacraments are strewn throughout The Godfather trilogy and the HBO...

A huge warehouse. Rival gangs. Bad blood. It all came together when a group of gangsters, dressed as outsiders, surprised their rivals and murdered them in cold blood on a cold February day. We all know the story: the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, Feb. 14, 1929. Actually, no. The gang rub-out described above refers to the Wah Mee Massacr...

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen to Elizabeth Foster, an African-American opera and nightclub singer from Alabama, and Giovanni Esposito, an Italian stagehand and carpenter from Naples. After spending his first seven years in Denmark, his family moved to Manhattan.  As an actor, Giancarlo Esposito has played a wide rang...

The Godfather is a historic film that made and remade historical past. Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Mario Puzo’s best-selling household novel is persistently rated within the prime three movement photos ever made, usually at #1. Some critics and movie historians imagine the sequel, The Godfather Half II, was a good higher movie, solidifying...

I was combing through my television channels the other day when I landed upon the familiar confines of the Corleone clan. Of course I had to stop and watch; it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. The first time I remember watching The Godfather, I was five years old. As many times as I’ve seen this landmark film, I still marvel at it’s all around great...

Dear Mr. Lynch, I am writing to express my extreme displeasure with your unnecessary – and wildly offensive – August 14th cover story headline and illustration. I am a native New Yorker, a longtime reader of the Post, and a proud Italian American. While I am no stranger to the Post’s attention grabbing headlines and graphics, I urge you to seriousl...

ATTENTION FELLOW ITALIAN AMERICANS!  This week marks the first emergency broadcast for the Italian American Podcast.  Although the team was planning to take a week of rest and relaxation to celebrate the ultimate Italian vacation of Ferragosto, the wider world just wouldn’t let us rest because during the week leading up to the holiday the Italian A...