Wie die Mafia mit der „The Godfather“-Cast zu Abend aß

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Vor einer Woche bloggte ich über das Making Of von „The Godfather“ und über die Rolle der Mafia in der Entstehung des Films, jetzt hat Vanity Affair eine weitere Anekdote ausgegraben: Kurz nachdem die Ausgabe mit der Story an den Kiosken war, meldete sich eine junge Frau in der Redaktion, deren Freundin eine Tochter eines Mafia-Mitgliedes ist und deren Familie die Cast vom Paten zum Essen einlud. Superinteressanter Artikel!

“I was 15, going on 16,” said Giovannina, who goes by Gio. Her father, Pasquale “Patsy Ryan” Eboli—“a reputed capo in the Genovese crime family,” according to The New York Times—got a call from his brother-in-law Al Lettieri. “How about if I bring some of the cast over for a nice dinner?,” Lettieri asked. Eboli said sure; after all, his brother, Thomas “Tommy Ryan” Eboli, the head of the Genovese family, had granted permission for Lettieri to get involved with the film in the first place. So Gio’s mother, Jean (Lettieri’s sister), prepared some of her Italian specialties, set the table, and put on some music.

The doorbell rang at seven p.m. at the family house in Fort Lee, New Jersey, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. “I opened the front door and there was Marlon Brando, James Caan, Morgana King [who played Don Corleone’s wife], Gianni Russo [who played Don Corleone’s son-in-law, Carlo], Al Ruddy [the film’s producer], and my uncle Al [Lettieri],” recalls Gio. “We all went downstairs into the family room, where the table was set and where we had the pool table and the bar.”

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