Well, not exactly. Forty years ago today, the epic film "The Godfather" opened in theaters. The movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, ranks #2 on the American Film Institute's list of "the 100 greatest movies ever." Perhaps "The Godfather" deserves to be ranked by restaurant critics and food aficionados. After all, so many of the film's scenes were connected to food or dining.
Britain's Prospect magazine reminds us of the various ways in which meals played a starring role:
Food is everywhere in this gangster classic, and privy to a lot of trauma. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) dies in the family tomato patch. The family soldier Clemenza instructs a hitman to "leave the gun, take the cannoli" after a mob execution. But perhaps its most famous food moment is the scene in which the young Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, shoots a clan rival and his accomplice over dinner in an Italian restaurant. Coppola builds the tension masterfully. By the time someone says, "Try the veal. It's the best in the city," you want to crawl under the table and cower.