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  • tell me about the movie culture.

  • You know, they say that life imitates art, imitates life again.

  • And I'm just curious how much that affects you and your life.

  • You know, where the movie becomes, The reality becomes the movie.

  • You know, it may be in such a way where, you know, you were so much in love with this life where when you found out that night that your friends almost you turned on you and maybe your dad almost turned on you, you know, was part of that vision also from movies, you know, And two guys end up behaving like the movies as opposed to the movies, Behaving like the guys, you know, It's funny you say that, you know, on my YouTube platform every Monday.

  • I do mob movie Monday, and I kind of review will give my perspective.

  • Today I'm doing The Godfather goes up, you know, probably in the next hour, it'll be up on my YouTube channel, but, you know, with respect to The Godfather, which I think was the greatest mob movie ever made, if not one of the greatest movies ever made.

  • I remember I was, you know, intimately aware of the goings on because it was filmed in the seventies in New York.

  • Joe Colombo Plan had a major role in that the production of that movie meeting that he had, uh, certain control over the script.

  • He eliminated the word Mafia and Causa Nostra out of the script.

  • Hey, put some guys, you know, in the film, like Luca Brodsky, Lenny Montana and Jimmy Caan.

  • You know, they were They were guys that are associated with us and, you know, already actually came to an Italian American civil rights meeting that we had when Joe Colombo, you know, had the league and explain to everybody what the movie was about.

  • So we had some influence there.

  • But I will tell you this.

  • After that movie came out, guys on the street started carrying themselves differently because, you know, Don Carlo Leone and and Al Pacino they brought a level of dignity to the mob that you hadn't seen before.

  • They really did.

  • And guys were using that.

  • I mean, they were dressing differently.

  • They were carrying themselves differently.

  • Um, it was it was amazing to see.

  • So, you know, sometimes life does.

  • It does imitate art, but, you know there's look e could talk about some of the good movies.

  • Goodfellas was pretty realistic portrayal of that life.

  • So is Donnie Brasco.

  • Um, to me, one of the greatest movies that was made on that life, which a lot of people don't know about was an HBO movie was the HBO movie Gotti with Armand Assante and Anthony Quinn.

  • Brilliant, brilliant movie.

  • And I'm very familiar with that era because that was my error also.

  • And I knew what was going on.

  • So, you know, some of the movies get it, and some of them don't But Godfather one and two right at the top, they were one and two, no doubt.

  • How about Casino?

  • Casino was great, you know?

  • Great.

  • It was It was a pretty accurate portrayal.

  • I mean, I knew some of the people there I had met Tony Spilotro, the Pesci character at one time.

  • You know, a very dear friend of mine was part of the hole in the Wall Gang that's talked about it because, you know, he's still alive in Vegas and a very dear friend great guy.

  • And I know Oscar Goodman, who is the former mayor, former mob lawyer who played himself in the movie.

  • He was palazzos attorney.

  • So, you know, I I have a lot of insight into that.

  • It was a pretty, pretty accurate portrayal of Lefty at that point.

  • Rosenthal.

  • So it was a good film.

  • You know, Anything, uh, Scorsese does is gonna be great.

  • Yeah.

  • And what about Donnie Brasco?

  • What did you like about that that resonated with you?

  • I mean, I know you really like Pacino's portrayal of that guy, but what What?

  • What did you see in there?

  • That really struck a chord?

  • You know, again, when I look at a movie like that, it's really about authenticity in the story and the characters and the dialogue.

  • Pacino.

  • I thought that was his best role.

  • He just nailed the role.

  • Everything that he did, his mannerisms, his actions, the way he spoke, the dialogue was brilliant.

  • Eso authenticity means a lot to me, you know?

  • And I know.

  • I know.

  • Joe Pistone.

  • Donnie Brasco.

  • Now we met.

  • We met once during that time.

  • Fortunately, I didn't do anything with them.

  • Uh, but, you know, we've been in certain speaking events together, and, uh, I have to say I think it's a really great guy.

  • I mean, I really dio you know, and he's become a friend, but so I mean, I have insight into that.

  • And obviously I knew those guys.

  • I knew Lefty and I knew Sonny Black and and, you know, it was pretty authentic.

  • Yeah, Donnie Brasco was interesting because it was one of the first times we saw that non glamorous side.

  • You know, guys that were struggling and, you know, the hard days three guys that you knew that but we didn't see on the movie screen, and you got to see that that feeling of not everybody's in earner, not everyone's got the suit's not everyone's the mastermind.

  • Some guys air struggling, you know?

  • Yeah, and that was the rule, not the exception.

  • What you saw in that crew was was very accurate.

  • You know, guys were struggling to make a buck.

  • I mean, you know, there's some guys out there is Oh, we were making million's.

  • Not many guys were making millions trust, you know, guys at the top.

  • Yes.

  • And But you You knew you had to know how to use that life to benefit you in business.

  • And if you did that you know, you got a good shot to earn.

  • And, um, you know, I think I was able to do that.

  • Use what benefit the life could give you, um, to benefit you in business, right?

  • To take the same thing you would do legitimately but use the connections and the lifestyle, you know, from the Mafia to take it to the next level and do things you couldn't dio in a legitimate sphere.

  • Exactly right now on the street when you you can't tough guy, everybody, because you just can't do that.

  • People think you can extort everybody.

  • I mean, it doesn't last.

  • You know, people don't like to be around guys like that.

  • And, you know, it's like I say, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

  • So you know, the best thing Brian was to make people like you and make people see a value in you, and then they want to be associated with you.

  • But if you got the arm on him and you're extorting them and you're abusing them, they don't wanna be around.

  • And it's not gonna last my my Washington.

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MOB MOVIES: How The Films Influenced The Real-Life Mobsters Of My Generation - Michael Franzese

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/06
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