Sunday, December 30, 2012
Inspiration for THE GODFATHER?
First, watch the film:
Both films have:
A strong Italian immigrant father with four sons (I'm counting Tom Hagen)
An older son bitter over being ignored for the younger favorite (GFII).
A weak-willed son
A slow-thinking son
A son who is a shady, streetsmart lawyer.
In the original script of Godfather II, Tom has an affair with Sonny's
widow, and here Tony marries Max's former fiancee Maria
Both films even have a scene where the father holds up a family
get-together while they wait for the arrival of the favorite son.
I am willing to bet Puzo read Weidman's novel or saw the film -- probably both.