CAHSS Faculty Books and Book Chapters

Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli: Food and Family in the Modern American Mafia Film

Chapter Title

Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli: Food and Family in the Modern American Mafia Film

Book Title

Reel Food: Essays on Food and Film

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Files

Link to Full Text

Download Full Text

Document Type

Book Chapter

Editors

Anne L. Bower

Description

When the Little Caesars of the 1920s and 1930s in American film became transformed into the Michael Corleones of the 1970s, the filmic treatment of the Mafia began to involve home and family as much as guns and gambling. This shift signified a more complete treatment of the Mafia and its role in Italian American immigrant culture, including depiction of a wider range of forces that informed the world of Italian-American organized crime. It is perhaps these details of home and family that make the Godfather movies and other Mafia films that came later so fascinating to the American movie world; these films began to reveal subtexts about immigration and assimilation issues that transcend the organized crime underworld.

ISBN

9780415971102

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York, NY

Keywords

American mafia, family, food, film

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Film and Media Studies

First Page

209

Last Page

218

DOI

10.4324/9780203337233

Leave the Gun; Take the Cannoli: Food and Family in the Modern American Mafia Film
Find in your library

Share

COinS