Just watched I and II for the billionth time. Queries/answers directed at movies, but any stemming from the novel, which I haven’t read, most welcome.
Young Michael, who we’ve just met, is brutally honest to Kay and a basically virtuous, all American military hero and volunteer (although we find that out at then end).
He makes his radical decision to avenge his father and goes off to Sicily “for about a year” where, boom, he decides not only to abandon Kate but live in a shithole Sicilian town (until whenever or whatever).
What the hell? Are we being shown how innately evil/“bad man” Michael is to ditch Kay? That he will ditch Apollonia and it was all expedient for…love? Because that’s the way Coppola shows this idyllic episode and we (I believe its not jut me) feel bad when she gets blown up, unlike every other murder in the movies (including Sonny’s, which is dramatic and part of the fate of the characters).
I ask because the background and progress of all the characters, and of course Michael’s, the backbone of the plot, is so coherent and reflected upon or referenced.
Michael, Roth, and Pantangeli.
Pantangeli’s flipping. What works out as brilliant is that he believes Michael put the hit on him (and we believe that in the beginning.)
Of course, a real hit who cares what he believes, and conceivably after he survived, even with the helpful hint of the garroter, others would have believed it.
- His botched assassination, and subsequent flipping, might have been a brilliant and successful plan by Roth. But that can’t be, because the murder was going all the way only halted by the cop.
So so much for that reason. Or else he would be killed, as planned by Roth, and everybody else would fear how Michael is going against his captains, and maybe flip or whatever.
Otherwise everybody would assume anyway that Rosato brothers did it, and that makes sense for Michael and Roth: simply that Michael’s man can be killed with no repercussion.
1a) As a variation on that, this is what I thought. No doubt the whole world knows this or has discussed but I also thought:
We know Michael swears what is false to everyone any time, so at one level both he and Roth–who we know Michael is playing along as a fake ally–benefit from the following: It is Michael who orders the hit on Pantangeli, to show how ruthless he can be and go the extra mile for Roth. I mean, he was prepared to kill Pantangeli’s brother.