It’s hotter than Mt. Etna down here in the belly of the beast. What better thing to do than watch a timeless flick and drink a refreshing frozen concoction?
I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.
The Godfather and “The Sicilian Slush!”
Let’s start with the “Alky Cooker” and then we will talk films. This is a GANGBUSTER, I tell ya!For “The Sicilian Slush” (epicurious.com):
Simply pour all ingredients into a blender and add 6 cups of ice. Blend well.Pour into vessels and garnish with lemon or orange slices.
You need 1/4 cup of gin, 1/2 cup Campari, 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice and 1/4 cup simple syrup.
Here’s The Beef:
Based on the best-selling book by Mario Puzzo, the film was the highest-grossing movie for the year 1972. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert Ruddy. It starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. At the 45th Academy Awards, it won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Adaptive Screenplay. It has two sequels, The Godfather II and The Godfather III.
The cat held by Marlon Brando in the opening scene was a stray that Coppola found while on set. It was not in the original script. The cat was so happy to be in Brando’s lap that its purring muffled most of Brando’s dialogue. It had to be dubbed.
There was unrest between Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount Pictures. PP tried to get rid of Coppola due to his lack of staying on schedule, overspending and errors. When in fact, he completed the film ahead of schedule and under budget.
The horse’s head was real and was actually brought in from a local dog food manufacturer.
Marlon Brandon read from cue cards throughout most of the movie. And, Robert Duvall would often be wearing them.
Al Pacino boycotted the Oscars, angry that he wasn’t nominated for “Best Actor” but instead for “Best Supporting Actor.” In reality, he did actually have more screen time than Marlon Brandon.
Marlon Brando also boycotted the Oscars, making a stand against the portrayal of Native Americans. He sent Native American activist, Sacheen Littlefeather to collect his award in his placed. She was booed off stage.
The character “Johnny Fontane,” played by actor/singer Al Martino, was viewed by some as “Frank Sinatra.” The parallels between the two can be seen here.
Marlon Brando had to sit in make-up for three hours daily during filming to achieve the iconic jawline seen in the movie.
The movie features six of Francis Ford Coppola’s family members: Talia Shire (his sister)-Connie Corleone, Italia Coppola (his mother)-an extra, Carmine Coppola (his father)-a piano player, Gian-Carlo Coppola and Roman Coppola (his sons)-extras, and Sofia Coppola (his daughter)-the baby in the baptism.
This ain’t no Fugazi! This is this real deal!!
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