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HUI 338.09 Godfather - • Italian American who shows how...

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9/25/09 The Godfather HUI 338, Spring 2009 Prof. Reich
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9/25/09 Main points of readings: Ryan/Kellner a conservative reaction to cultural modernization (feminism, the crisis of family order, the revolutions of the 1960's) conservative ideology/classical film style male anxiety: "Male sexual identification is constituted as independent from women, but is dependant on women to guarantee that independence" women as both threat and powerful (mother = dependency) Coppola: desire to return to mother = golden age of family unity and patriarchal order
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9/25/09 Main points of readings: Ferraro 1) Main argument: not indictment of capitalism – how business, family and ethnicity are all intertwined (family not as refuge from capitalism – traditional view) 2) Ethos of ethnic solidarity, culture of family honor 3) An alliance of new ethnic consciousness and capitalist celebration of business and family – “intimate varieties”
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9/25/09 Main points of readings: Gardaphe’
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Unformatted text preview: • Italian American who shows how to use the best of Italian culture to survive – as romantic type • Gangster’s life as model to emulate rather than overcome • The public performance of masculinity in order to affirm it – Sonny: hypermasculine – Fredo: emasculated 9/25/09 Binary oppositions • Family vs. Business • Old vs. New (the generation gap) • Italian vs. American • Father vs. Son (more explicit in Part II) • The sacred vs. the profane (Religion) • The masculine vs. the feminine 9/25/09 Conclusions • Gangster passes from anti-hero to idealized family man • A nostalgia for a return to the old way of life, in which everyone knows his/her place in hierarchical order • Indictment of capitalism • addresses issues of ethnicity in America (assimilation, intermarriage, ethnic conflicts) but all coated in glamorous image • romanticization and glorification of the mafia– iconicized...
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