Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Vito Corleone

I'm not really sure what series of thoughts made me think of this today, but I've been thinking about how much I enjoy The Godfather: Part I. Marlon Brando did a spectacular job in that movie as Vito Corleone. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is the short speech he gives during the meeting with the heads of the five families:

"You talk about vengeance -- is vengeance gonna bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish reasons. My youngest son was forced to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. All right... and I have to make arrangements to bring him back here safely, cleared of all these false charges. But I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning -- then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room. And that, I do not forgive!"

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