The Godfather: How Michael Corleone Evolves

The Godfather: How Michael Corleone Evolves

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i'm going to make him an awfully camera fuse what makes a man change each of us are on our own individual path but the beauty and complexity of life is that we don't know where this path we're on is going to lead us we have aspirations expectations plans but we are also prisoners to circumstance you may have it in you to become so many different types of people but as each of life's many tests are thrown at you with every decision that's
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made the options slowly narrow down to make you the precise version of yourself that exists today did these experiences make you who you are or simply reveal who you were all along francis ford coppola's the godfather is hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time at three hours long the film is more of a rich tapestry that unfolds over many years than it is a simple crime caper it's a story about family
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loyalty business life and death and how they all intertwine it places us behind the closed doors of the corleone family business a business that the youngest son michael corleone wants nothing to do with so how does michael go from this that's my family kate it's not me to this but don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again ever how can a man end up in a role that no one else wished for him that he didn't
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even wish for himself let's examine the stages of transformation for michael corleone throughout the godfather part one in this world people don't have choices they merely have the illusion of choice as these decisions aren't made in a vacuum there is always coercion involved i'll make him an offer he can't refuse the corleone family tree looks like this vito corleone resides at the top father to four children adopted father to tom
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hagan and godfather to johnny fontaine one of these children will have to take over the family business the eldest sunny is first in line fredo second in line and michael third in line but vito had other plans for michael michael is a former marine he's not involved in the family business having chosen his own separate path for a family as close as the corleones michael's distance makes him something of an outsider when we meet him in stage one he has five key
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qualities he's an outsider a war hero intelligent honest and loyal to his girlfriend k his father envisioned michael becoming a senator for the family to one day have real links to real clean power that was always veto's aspiration but life had other plans the corleone business was centered mostly around olive oil but in the 1940s organized crime was about to dip its toe into the drug business veto clasping to his vision for the
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future rejects the idea of getting involved in narcotics as they destroy lives and it would make the business dirtier and turn society and the law against them for veto there is no price he could conceivably pay to get involved with drugs but for others the money is simply too tempting and when sonny shows some interest in it during a meeting a hit is put out on veto as once he is cleared out of the way there is no one to object to the expanding market of narcotics everything in the godfather is
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always viewed as simply business this is business not personal i shot my father even the shooting of your father was business not personal sonny as much as michael likes to see himself as an outsider the moment he hears about his father's shooting he rushes back to his family who have felt his distance as much as he sees himself as his own man perhaps thinking he's above it all his father has always shared a different attitude because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can ever be a real man
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his girlfriend k was a big priority to him in college but now michael's focus has shifted he can't even see a future with her anymore when will i see you again i don't know as his vision for the future was dependent on his family's maintenance he realizes he was somewhat ignorant to expect that to always be secured but in one swift action everything changes [Music] this catalyzes stage two michael is now
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an insider a war hero intelligent honest and loyal to his family as a former marine michael understands the language and strategies of war more than his brothers he arrives at the hospital and discovers his father's guards are absent meaning there is only a matter of minutes before a rival family comes to finish the job being right in the middle of the threat emotionally attaches michael to his role in the family more and more as he realizes that without him his family is at real risk of losing its
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power he had always taken the family business for granted but once it's a matter of life or death for his loved ones his training kicks in and he begins to realize that there is a role for him here after spooking away the potential killers the police arrive and the corrupt cop mccluskey punches michael for intervening this teaches michael that corruption can exist within any power structure that if the cops can wrongly leverage the law against their family then what good was the law
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this one evening visibly changes michael whatever he had envisioned for his future was perhaps built on false assumptions this triggers michael into stage three he's now an insider but no longer a war hero now becoming an active soldier he remains intelligent but his honesty is now replaced with moral ambiguity but he remains loyal to his family as an outsider coming in michael sees the way the game is played very differently to those that are on the field for his
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brother sunny or tom they view these decisions as just business you're taking a sparring person pam this is business and this man has taken it very very personally but what is more personal than business when it's a family business michael offers to make a sacrifice for his family that only he can make he will take out the man who organized his father's shooting and the crooked cop that tried to finish the job and then he'll simply disappear in his mind as an outsider he can slip out of the family and the business can continue without
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him whereas his brothers have families or loyalties to the business so they're not so easily removed looking at the family tree sonny is first in line but he's a bit of a hothead he makes decisions based on impulse rarely considering the long game fredo is just a party boy he's in it for the women and the good times he's not a trained killer whereas michael is a marine and far more calculated than his brothers so he's the best person to send in for this job this moment changes michael's life and
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his family's trajectory in a way he could never imagine and rarely can we see a man think through the potential consequences of his actions more than in his final seconds before the shooting michael's many potential paths not yet taken shut down due to this decision his actions trigger a mob war so he lays low in sicily finding a new wife and getting in touch with his family's roots [Music] for a man who always viewed himself as
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something of a prodigal son he is now deeply ingrained in his true identity this new life michael has made for himself becomes a warm and welcome reality his life has a renewed sense of meaning after he expresses his loyalty to his family through sacrifice [Music] whereas he used to make decisions that would keep as many roads open as possible for him as an individual outside the family shutting out those possibilities allows for him to focus his concentration on what he has left
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back in new york sony is in charge of the family business while veto heals and it's stressful everyone is on edge as sonny is too easily manipulated by his emotions and this weakness proves fatal after sunny rushes to defend his sister from her abusive husband and gets murdered the family now lacks leadership and as much as michael enjoys his alternative life in sicily you cannot hide from your past it follows you everywhere you go
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and just after discovering his brother has been killed his wife apollonia is wiped out in a car bomb that bomb symbolically destroying the last alternative road for michael to take in life his fate is now sealed his family needs him and he finds true meaning in his loyalty to them this catalyzes stage four he's promoted from insider to leader of the family business he's not a soldier on the field but a general but he remains morally
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ambiguous intelligent and loyal to his family vito calls for a truce in the mob war he was once convinced that there was no price he would ever pay to let this change take place but the pain of losing his own son was too much for him to bear so he allows narcotics to become a part of the business showing that his loyalty lies with his family's safety vito was too resistant to change and that stubbornness nearly cost him his own life and did cause the loss of his
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son in a world where everything is just business not personal vito had expected his personal values to prevent the business from growing when michael returns he knows who he is and what he wants he meets up with kay again who is surprised by the changes she sees in him i thought you weren't going to become a man like your father michael still loves the version of him that exists in kaye's mind she's unaware of what he has done or who he has lost there's a purity to k's perception of
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michael she symbolizes those other roads not taken who he could have been so he hides his sins from her but still wants her in his inner circle as that's the only group he can remain loyal to vito compares this harsh reality to what he had envisioned with michael giving him some life-saving advice about how to spot the traitor in the family and he then passes away making michael the head of the family as well as the easiest target in the city now the five families
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can simply eliminate him and become four families but just as vito would eventually cave on his own values to protect his family when it came to drugs michael too would have to sacrifice in order to protect those that he is now responsible for he is no longer the kid brother at the wedding benefiting from the world his father had built for him now he is the safeguard for the entire family vito's dream for the future dies with him and now michael is left in charge so
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as he attends his nephew's baptism he organizes the murder of the heads of all the other crime families in the city there's no mercy as he has seen what these families were willing to take from him in order to preserve their business so if that's the case he has learned that having personal values is a weakness not a strength he eliminates every threat in his family's way including his sister connie's husband carlo for betraying sonny connie is devastated but there can be no
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weak links in the family anymore not after what he just pulled this solidifies stage five in michael's transformation the leader of the family a war general dishonest ruthless and loyal only to his family kaye is shocked by the accusation that michael had carlo killed and asks him if it's true [Music] is it true he looks her right in the eye the same eye that views him as the same man she met before all of this began in stage
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one and he lies to her she's initially relieved reminded of the man she first met but when she walks outside and looks back it dawns on her that he isn't just michael anymore he is now don corleone and as that door closes the final version of michael corleone the version that existed only in kaye's eyes dies and the audience is left to question did he choose this life
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or did life simply make him an offer he couldn't refuse [Music] you've made it this far so you might as well like comment and subscribe to help get this channel to the next level

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