A few thoughts on the ‘Negotiator’ in THE GODFATHER

By on July 20, 2022

Like pretty much anybody else, the Postercowboy ranks THE GODFATHER among his eternal Top 10 movies. The movie is very close to the novel, which is not really a surprise, as Mario Puzo also wrote the screenplay (together with Francis Ford Coppola). There is one little sub-story in Mario Puzo’s book that did not really make it into the movie that has always amazed me. Here it is:

Before Michael has his meeting with Sollozzo, the ‘Turk’ and Captain McCluskey, the Corleones are having dinner at their home and the question about a ‘negotiator’ comes up briefly. Clemenza states something like ‘he’s at my place, my men are playing peanuts with him for pennies, he’s happy.’

In the book this subject is more elaborated: Puzo describes a bottom-level Sicilian clan in New York who made it their business to rent themselves as hostages, and their services are frequently used by the other families. The entire family is described as utterly stupid, total morons that are no good for anything else. BUT if anything happens to one of their own, the other family members will go after the offender like mad dogs, no holds barred, even at the risk of possible total self-instinction. So at the moment the ‘negotiator’ is on the plan, the Corleones know that Sollozzo truly means business and that Michael is indeed 100% safe, as nobody in his right mind would dare to mess with these guys.

It is clear to see why it did not make it into the movie, but I always liked this little tidbit of background info very much.

The Godfather German Pressbook

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My first post ever: Welcome to the filmposter.net Blog!

By on July 19, 2022

2022 has already been an eventful year for me: After almost 15 years, I relaunched the website, I turned the shop into a permanent exhibition space (a project that has been in the making for almost 20 years) and I am now starting my own BLOG, something else I have been contemplating for a l-o-n-g time…

To be honest, I have no idea yet where we will be heading here. Over those last 35 years of collecting movie posters, I discovered lots of interesting stories, quirky anecdotes, background information, and whatnot. I’m not a fan of the so-called ‘Social Media’, and you won’t see me on Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp. Still, every now and then, I thought ‘Gosh, I wish I had a place to share this one…’ Well, finally, here it is.

One part of this blog will be to present and discuss my new shop exhibition, as well as individual other pieces from my collection. Like the original, screen-used James Bond 007 OCTOPUSSY movie prop sign you see below. More on that one later on.

That is one idea, and others may follow, so let’s see where we will be going here. If you have any interest in vintage, international movie posters (and/or other pop culture relics) you are most welcome to join me for the ride. I think you will find this blog quite entertaining. And who knows, every now and then you might even learn something you did not know before.

So much for starters, about time to get some real work done. Waiting for orders, for example…

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