Godfather

     The Book and the movie of The Godfather have their similarities and differences
that I will be focusing on. The Godfather is the best selling phenomenon - a
classic of our time. The Godfather story was written before the movie came out
approximately 30 years ago. At first glance, the book and the movie appear the
same. Upon further investigation, however, the two forms of media do possess
certain differences. Although they are different in the areas of characters,
setting, and dialog, they are similar in the areas of violence, Don Vito

Corleone, and Michael Corleone. These differences in the movie and the book are
very minute. The plot for both were intense to read and watch. Gangster action
is my forte. There seems to be nothing better than acknowledging a character
that plays a role that is highly respected and feared. The plot was very
interesting and easy to follow. The literature to this book as opposed to The

Rainmaker is that Mario Puzo is better at describing a setting vividly to get a
good mental picture as to what is going on. The characters in both the movie and
book are easy to relate to because of the Italian side of my family. Whenever we
have family get togethers and our "Mafia" picnic, I see the same
socializing/ conduct that happens in the story/film. There is one single person
that is in my family that is assumed to be the Godfather. I guess I can say that
is because my parents strongly urged that I foreclose myself from talking about
it to the other people in the family. Acting in the movie including Marlon

Brando (Don Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), Robert Duvall (Tom

Hagen) and Diane Keaton (Kay Adams) all had contributed to a great life-like
effort. With those mentioned and along with a handful of others was their acting
debut. The only thing I feel was not well thought out about the movie is the
characters picked out to play the parts. Some of them were not considered to
look like they were Italian. Along with that the sons of the Godfather did not
resemble each other, the father, nor the mother. The setting in both the movie
and the book were accurate. A lot of the Italian families that just got off the
boat resided in New York. The reason for that is because it was the direct route
from here to Europe. The dialog throughout the film/book was not that of the
native Italian language. The story was in a sense, wasAmericanized. The Italian
names were there and the Italian culture was there, but the dialog was in

English for the most part. The dialog in the story was done in a hierarchical
structure; the most important of people were spoken to accordingly. The main
focus in this paper is to discuss the differences between the novel and the
film. I would like to reiterate that the characters, setting, and dialog are all
topics of interests that are different. Opposite to that the violence, Don Vito

Corleone, and Michael Corleone are similar in both mediums. With those six main
differences/similarities I will provide four supporting occurrences for each
topic. The characters in the book were more put into detail. The ones to be
mentioned that were not in the movie may not reflect that they might have had a
one second part that could easily be passed up. The characters that were not
included on the movie but not in the book are Nazorine, Margot Ashton, Enzo,

Katherine, Filomena, Anthony Cappola, and Billy Goff. Of course there are more
to be added to the list, but I am simply making a statement. The idea of listing
and describing all of them would be tedious. Nazorine is a baker that is
described as a pudgy and crusty as his great Italian loaves, still dusty with
flour that scowled at his wife. Katherine is Nazorine's daughter. Enzo was

Nazorine's baker helper. Filomena is the one that Nazorine scowled at his wife.

Margot Ashton, along with being Johnny Fontaine's wife, was described as a
beautiful woman with an angelic face, soulful violet eyes, and delicately
fragile but perfectly formed body. Anthony Coppola was a son of a man Don

Corleone had worked with on the railroad yards in his youth. Billy Goff was the
most powerful man in the movie labor unions. All in all the book is more likely
to describe in detail about the characters. The scene where Genco Abbandando has
cancer and is visited by Don, Johnny, Sunny, Tom, Michael, and as well as others
in the hospital is also excluded in the movie. Three days later Genco Abbandando
dies. The book started out with Amerigo Bonasera in New York Criminal Court

Number 3 for a case involving his daughter. The case was based on vengeance on
the men who had cruelly hurt his daughter. After thinking about why the book
started out with the case and its significance, I didn't find any evidence in
its connection with the book. The case was not included in the movie, which
comes to my second difference between the literature and the film. Other setting
that differs from the film is that the book lacked mentioning of Don Vito

Corleone's wife. In general, I feel that women were not important to the
characters and the outcome of the story. Still the theory of women not having
rights holds to be true with Mario Puzo's work. Mary Kay was really the only
female character in the novel that has much bearing as to what goes on. If I
were the one to write the novel I would have stressed more women roles. Could
there be any conflictions with the wives of the male characters as to how and
why they killed other people? Those type of issues were not addressed in the
book that could be very likely to happen in those type of situations. Paulie

Gatto was on the Godfather's hit list now. Paulie Gatto was one of the

Godfather's caporegimes (bodyguard) and was being replaced by Rocco Lampone.

Rocco Lampone worked for the Godfather as an internship for a little while. The
scene consisted of Clemenza, Rocco Lampone, and Paulie Gatto. The Godfather
found out that Paulie Gatto was getting paid by Sollazo and didn't want an
unfaithful man as his bodyguard. The difference lies in that Clemenza made a
stop to eat at an Italian restaurant before killing Paulie. The book has its
differences with the dialog from the movie. The first reference to that is when
the book basically states that the laws don't work for justification purposes,
but the Mafia does. The Mario Puzo uses a couple of words that are not used in
the movie, for one being caporegime. As mentioned before, a caporegime is any of
the bodyguards of Don Vito Corleone. My assumptions are that it is an Italian
word. Another word used in the book, but not in the film is pezzonovante.

Pezzonovante is a word that means gun. Just like caporegime, it is also an

Italian word. The time in Michael Corleone's life after he shot Solazzo and

Captain McCluskey where he is hiding from the police presents another difference
in dialog. While being in Italy, there is some conversation in the movie where
others are speaking in Italian. The book is strictly written in English so the

Americans can understand it. The Godfather written by Mario Puzo and the film
directed by Francis Ford Coppola have more similarities than differences. The
similarities can't all be pointed out, however some can be brought out. The main
topics of interest for similarities are violence, Don Vito Corleone, and Michael

Corleone. The way that Jack Woltz's horse, Paulie Gatto, Sonny Corleone, and

Luca Brasi were killed in the same fashion from the movie to the book. Jack

Woltz's horse Khartoum is a retired bred that was purchased for six hundred
thousand dollars. The reason the horse came about was because Tom Hagan was
there to visit/request that Johnny Fontaine get the part for the next movie.

Being that Jack Woltz was the most powerful man in the movie industry, he could
be very resourceful for Johnny Fontaine to become famous. Jack Woltz denied the
grant for Johnny's part in the movie so Don Vito Corleone had Jack's most
precious thing killed. Jack Woltz could only wish that his horse be more head
strung. Paulie Gatto was killed like mentioned before; the simple fact that he
was being paid off by ( Solazzo ) one of the Godfather's enemies. Rocco and

Clemenza took Paulie to a field and killed him where Clemenza supposedly had to
go to the bathroom. Sonny Corleone ( Santino ) was killed and set up after

Connie Corleone and Carlo Rizzi got into a fight. Sonny when finding out that

Carlo Rizzi had hit Connie, he went to go after him. There was prior animosity
between Carlo and Sonny because Sonny had beat the heck out of him for hitting
his sister before. Sonny on his way to get Carlo, he was blocked in to a
security gate and shot at. Luca Brasi, one that was feared by all but only
feared the Godfather, got erased by Tattalia and Solazzo. Luca Brasi was brought
to a meeting with Tattalia and Solazzo to be offered a more generous dividend
for his efforts. The two thought that such a brute force on their side would be
a benefit to them. Luca Brasi's life ended when they had strangled him to death.

Don Vito Corleone, the Godfather of the Corleone family, reflected the same
person in both forms of the story. "Don Vito Corleone was a man to whom
everybody came for help, and never were they disappointed.", verbatim from
the book. Words of "I'll give them an offer that cannot refuse" were
mearly a reference to a part of his personality. He made no empty promises, for
he didn't let anyone down. Don Corleone would take other people's problems to
heart. The things that he did for people were looked at as a favor. He didn't
look for pay out of a deal, at least not directly. Don Vito Corleone believed in
the theory that you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. Between the two ( book
and the movie ) there was a happy medium in how the Godfather was shot by

Solazzo and others not mentioned. Solazzo shot the Godfather because he did not
want the family to do anything with dealing drugs. Solazzo being pro drugs,
thought he could get his way if he killed the Don. Michael Corleone was the
youngest son of Don Corleone and the only child who had refused the Godfather's
direction with the business. The description of the physical appearance matched
that of the book. The literature and the film were also both synomous with

Michael Corleone in regards to his personality, how he killed Solazzo, how he
killed Captain McCluskey, and how he became the Don. In summation of the book
and the film, I feel that each has their entities. The vivid descriptions that

Mario Puzo uses to effect the readers' minds could not brought to life without

Francis Ford Coppola's film version. Reading the book was sincerely my first
positive experience I have ever had with reading a book. Honestly, I have opened
myself for the first time to reading books. That is why I am happy that the book
and the novel are so closely related. I liked the book more because I will
always look back at it. To sum it all up the differences are certain specifics
of the characters, setting, and dialog. The similarities consist of violence,

Don Vito Corleone, and Michael Corleone.