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Set foundation for all mafia movies to follow,
This review is from: Mafioso (The Criterion Collection) (DVD)
I saw this film on the big screen and it was quite an experience. I went in thinking it was going to be some boring 1960's black and white film.
How wrong can you be?
This movie is absolutely hilarious. It's lighthearted and funny for most of the movie and the lead character really drives the story. He wants his wife and two daughters, his modern Italian family in Milan, to see his hometown in Sicily -- his "roots."
The lead character remembers his beloved Sicily as an idyllic countryside with good people, good food, and good times. However, now that he is a grown man, upon his arrival, certain parties are interested in what he can do for them. The events that follow are what make for very good movie watching. You just never know where its going to go.
This movie is in Italian, so it has subtitles. Don't let that discourage you from watching this. The expressions on the people's faces are all you need.
You'll never look at The Godfather or any mob movie the same way again.
Brilliantly directed and acted - amongst the top tier of films ever created.