Sunday, September 27, 2009

One of the best films ever
This is the Fordham section of The Bronx: my home. A world unto itself. Any borough is only 15 minutes away... but they seem 3,000 miles away. That’s Mount Carmel Church. The sound of the bells filled the neighborhood. It was 1960...

It was great to be Catholic and go to confession. You could start over every week.

Chazz Palminteri:
I wanted to write a story about the working man. It’s really about my father. Sonny is the antagonist, but he’s a likeable one. “A Bronx Tale” is not about good and evil. It’s about gray and gray. Calogero takes the best of both men — his father and Sonny — and becomes a man.

‘Now youse can’t leave.’ This is a peace blog but not pacifist; I liked the old-school mafiosi kicking the counterculture out of their neighbourhood. Warnings: language and violence.

Among other priceless scenes and dialogue (‘the saddest thing in life is wasted talent’), Sonny teaches Calogero this:
You must be pretty upset after the Yankees lost... Mickey Mantle? That’s what you’re upset about? Mantle makes $200,000 a year. How much does your father make?

I don’t know.

You don’t know. If your dad needs rent money, go ask Mickey Mantle. See what happens. Mickey Mantle don’t care about you. Why care about him?

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