Double Feature: The Godfather and Analyze This – Classic Movie Series
Join us for a double feature screening of the classic 1972 film The Godfather and the 1999 comedy Analyze This as part of the 2019 “Better on the Big Screen” Classic Movie Series sponsored by Williams Eye Works, BoroughFive Pictures, and ThinkDesign Architecture.
3pm – The Godfather
7pm – Analyze This
One ticket valid for both movies!
About The Godfather:
Winner of the 1973 Academy Award for Best Picture and hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time, The Godfather stars an ensemble cast including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, and Robert Duvall under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola.
Adapted from Mario Puzo’s book of the same name, The Godfathertells the story of the aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transferring control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. Vito Corleone is the aging don (head) of the Corleone Mafia Family. His youngest son Michael has returned from WWII just in time to see the wedding of Connie Corleone (Michael’s sister) to Carlo Rizzi. All of Michael’s family is involved with the Mafia, but Michael just wants to live a normal life. Drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo is looking for Mafia families to offer him protection in exchange for a profit of the drug money. He approaches Don Corleone about it, but, much against the advice of the Don’s lawyer Tom Hagen, the Don is morally against the use of drugs, and turns down the offer. This does not please Sollozzo, who has the Don shot down by some of his hit men. The Don barely survives, which leads his son Michael to begin a violent mob war against Sollozzo and tears the Corleone family apart.
About Analyze This:
Starring Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal, Analyze This is a comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one patient is an insecure mob boss. When mobster Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) suffers a crisis of confidence, threatening his ability to lead his criminal empire, he turns to professional help in the way of Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) a psychiatrist who accidentally became acquainted with two of Vitti’s henchmen. Dr. Sobel and his finance, (Lisa Kudrow) soon have their world turned upside down by Vitti’s increasing demands for Sobels services which displace any semblance of order for the good doctor’s heretofore mundane existence. Meanwhile, the growing importance of “the shrink” to the operation of the Vitti organization has not gone unnoticed in the law enforcement community, and the FBI approaches Sobel with an offer he can’t refuse: betray Vitti by wearing a wire or spend a long time in a federal prison.
Complications escalate, and Ben finds himself dodging bullets, federal agents and rival gang members, but still wanting to fulfill his professional obligation to help the conflicted mob boss. It all comes to a climax when Sobel must act as Vitti’s consigliore at a sit-down of the major crime syndicates to represent the famiglia and confront rival gang chieftain, Primo Sidone (Chazz Palminteri).