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Part 3 of 3: A Darker Stereotype & Hope For The Future
Continued from page 2
by Cookie Curci
A DARKER STEREOTYPE APPEARS
For decades to come, Al Pacino’s portrayal of Michael Corleone, in the wildly popular "Godfather" series, would lay the groundwork for the future depiction of Italian Americans on film.
Currently, the short sighted image of the Italian American leading man is epitomized by HBO’s James Gandolfini and his menacing character, " Tony Soprano’’.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
It’s my hope that this new breed of actors and directors will bring to the screen a new reflection of the Italian American and depict their ancestral heritage in a more positive light.
Hopefully, in the near future when we go to the movie theaters or click on our TV sets, we’ll see films and actors who epitomize our cultural heritage in a more constructive and exciting way. Films that will make every Italian heart beat faster, not with fear, as inspired by characters from "The Soprano’s", but rather with warmth, anticipation and appreciation for the beauty and culture that is uniquely Italy’s own.
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