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The Godfather Part II

Recipe: Spaghetti bolognese

The Godfather Part II is one of the best sequel films ever made. In most films, the second is never better than the first, but this time, I beg to differ. The Godfather‘s sequel is a screenplay co-written by Francis Ford Coppola (director) and Mario Puzo (author of The Godfather) made two years after The Godfather.

The Godfather Part II is unique in style because its narrative is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather. One of the narratives is the life of young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) from his childhood to Sicily through his life in 1917’s Hell’s Kitchen, New York. The other narrative picks up on Micheal Corleone’s life in 1958 as the new Don of the Corleone crime family.

This film clearly depicts the cycle of the family that Micheal Corleone (Al Pacino) was born into and why he can’t escape. If you’ve ever been a De Niro fan, this may be one of his finest (both acting wise and on the eyes). This sequel is also a period piece due to how beautifully cinematic 1920s New York is portrayed.

In this scene, Corleone is speaking to his friends and co-workers as he begins to encounter tough decisions with his new life entering the crime organizations and gangs of New York. If you speak Italian, you’ll understand it, if you don’t, just focus on how good the spaghetti bolognese looks that they’re eating as well as the men in the scene. Mangia, mangia!