What better way to spend the day after Christmas than marinating in a vat of vile and venal Mafia glory? The Godfather and The Godfather Part II weighing in 175 and 200 minutes, respectively represent the apex of American filmmaking, showing how whole words can rise up out of a glance, a betrayal or a kiss. Marlon Brando, who won the Best Actor Academy Award in 1972, sent Apache activist Sacheen Littlefeather to pick up his award from a surprised and surprisingly sweaty Roger Moore. The Godfather also marked the debut of the late John Cazale as Fredo; Cazale's brief acting career of five films in six years is remarkable as much for its content as it is for the fact that each film was nominated for a Best Film Oscar. The Godfather Part II won six Oscars two years later and gave hacky Mario Puzo another reason to keep writing about the Mafia which, as Duke Mitchell so eloquently put it in Gone With the Pope, did absolutely fuck all for Sicilians' sense of national identity.
Sun., Dec. 26, 4 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 27, 4 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 28, 4 p.m., 2010