It’s been said that francis coppola’s film is about the dark side of the american dream, and there are many examples throughout where this dictum has been carried out with startling efficiency (eg, the decapitated horse’s head, the bullet through moe green’s eye.
(jones 141) vito corleone's empire is the embodiment of the american dream - he was a penniless italian immigrant who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, earning his wealth through hard work, and using his power and resources to take care of his family. That audiences viewed “the godfather” more as a celebration was reinforced by film’s focus on the idea of family that idea is now a standard trope of the mafia genre, but it was fresh in 1972 “the godfather” is suffused with coppola’s family experiences as an italian-american, particularly in the opening wedding sequence. The godfather: an american dream story the godfather is the “dark-side of the american dream story” (turan, pp2) the film follows the practices of a fictional italian mafia family, the corleone’s.
The concept of the american dream acquires different meanings and nuances for each individual in the godfather however, it does not mean the dream is a complete failure, or fundamentally elusive the american dream is there for anybody to take. The american dream can be gleaned in the godfather subtly, in a general sense the first scene of the movie where a minor character amerigo bonasera is trying to seek justice from don vito over the attempted sexual assault against his daughter maria perpetrated by her rich american boyfriend and his fraternity buddy.
The american dream, as told by the godfather and coming to america if anyone knows how to make it in america, it's prince akeem and michael corleone. But in this saga of an italian-american family's bid for power, we were watching the american dream operating in the darkest shadows luckily, america saw the light the movie, released in march 1972 and directed by an unknown eccentric called francis ford coppola, was a smash hit – the first film to top $100 million in its initial release.
Won the academy award for best adapted screenplay in both 1972 and 1974 for the godfather parts 1 and 2 francis ford coppola the american dream the typical american dream: immigrants coming to america seeking a better life for themselves and their families in the godfather, this dream is never realized in the typical sense.
The godfather effect is a 2012 critically acclaimed study of the godfather films - as well as mario puzo's novel - and their effect on american culture written by biographer tom santopietro, the book demonstrates how the godfather was a turning point in american cultural consciousness.
Cultural value of the godfather trilogy can be found in its portrayal of the american dream, and essentially american culture “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” as stated in the united states declaration of independence, is the basis for the idea of the american dream. The godfather is the “dark-side of the american dream story” (turan, pp2) the film follows the practices of a fictional italian mafia family, the corleone’s though most americans do not condone the practices of the italian mafia, they cannot deny that francis ford coppola’s the godfather is a cinematic masterpiece. The godfather and the american dream this paper tries to demonstrate how the godfather by francis ford coppola challenges the myth of the american dream the thesis of the paper is that the godfather is not a film seeking to re-establish american norms and ideals, but that it tries to break down and shed light on the corrupt side of the modern american society through the myth of “the american dream.