Family Ritual and the Death of National Illusions in “The Godfather” and “The Lives of Others”


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Exploring Notions of Family Ritual and the Death of National Illusions in Coppola’s “The Godfather” and Von Donnersmarck’s “The Lives of Others”
The degree to which films can embody a country’s sense of nationalism, history, power, ethnicity and class has always been an important element of nationalist-cinema. Two of the most significant contributions to nationalist cinema in the last four decades are Francis Ford Coppola’s classic crime-drama, “The Godfather” (1972) and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s thriller “The Lives of Others” (2006). Each film addresses these issues in very unique ways and will continue to do so in the years to come.
In The Godfather, Coppola examines these themes through the character of his protagonist, Michael...
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RCA SelectaVision, 1972. 2 videodiscs of 2 (optical) (ca. 175 min.).
Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian, et al. "The Lives of Others." [English language subtitled]. ed. United States: Sony Pictures Classics, 2007. 14 film reels of 14 on 7 (ca. 137 min., ca. 12,330 ft.).