For some reason whenever people ask me what my favourite movie genre is, they always seem to automatically assume that I’ll say either romantic comedies or Disney. And so whenever I smugly break the news that I actually LOVE Italian gangster films, they’re always taken aback.
“Really? I would never guess that by looking at you” or “yeah, yeah of course you do” are the responses that I’m typically met with…but it’s true! Just because to the untrained eye I appear to be somewhat of a girly-girl, doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate storylines where people get whacked, receive kisses of death and wake up to find horses heads under their sheets; I just love the thrill!
The themes of loyalty, respect and family also massively appeal to me and no films embody such topics as well as The Godfather trilogy, A Bronx Tale, Scarface and Goodfellas. Plus I just love the unmatchable suited and booted Italian style and how silver screen mobsters like Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri and Ray Liotta can act in such criminal ways and yet maintain such suave demeanors throughout, you can’t help but to admire their finesse.
And if you actually pay attention to the dialogue (particularly in The Godfather movies) you can learn a lot. ‘A man that doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man’ is a great quote as well as ‘keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’. And then there’s my personal favourite, ‘leave the gun, take the cannoli!’
But I guess that ultimately my love for the mafia movies stems from the fact that ‘as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster’. Yeah that’s right, Henry Hill’s got nothing on this Small Town Girl. 😛