The Mafia Minute


 
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The Mafia Minute is a weekly podcast where hosts Amanda Iman and Stephen Woosley tackle mafia movies minute by minute. Hear them breakdown each minute of your favorite flicks every Monday, starting with the ultimate in mafia films, The Godfather.


Amanda and Stephen finally enter the brightness of the wedding in Minute 8. They are given visual introductions to a whole new set of characters in the iconic wedding photo but someone’s still missing. They also discuss details about the location used for the Corleone compound.


In Minute 7, Amanda and Stephen discuss the intricacies of the Don’s barter system and how they apply the same idea in their own circle of friends. They also take some time to smell the roses and appreciate the performances in this minute, just like the Don.


Amanda and Stephen officially learn what day it is in the world of the film. They discuss one of the most misquoted lines of dialogue, the reactions of the Don, Sonny and Hagan to Bonasera’s request, and they talk a little bit more about the cat. Plus, Stephen gives a mean Brando impression.


Minute five is all about the cat. How did the now iconic cat end up in the lap of Marlon Brando? How does it tie into the character of Don Corleone? And does it have a name? Amanda and Stephen tackle these questions and more.


In minute four, the titular Godfather finally makes his appearance. Amanda and Stephen discuss in detail the casting of Marlon Brando and explore what other actors were considered for the role. Cats, both on screen and off, make their first appearance as well.


Amanda and Stephen dive head first into the glass of alcohol offered to Bonasera by a mystery figure. As the scope of the frame in the opening scene expands, they explore more elements of the film that are revealing themselves. From the production design to the time period the film is set in to the new people on screen that are just beginning to be revealed. Plus, there’s discussion about the failings of the American court system.


Who is this Bonasera guy? Amanda and Stephen suppose what his profession might be, dig into the meaning of his name and discuss the actor who portrays him. They also talk about how the themes in this minute are still incredibly relevant today.


We believe in this minute. Amanda and Stephen officially kick off The Godfather with the iconic first minute. They do deep dives into the music, logos, font, and the first line of dialogue. They also explore how all of those set up the themes that will continue throughout the film and the Godfather series as a whole.


Find out why Amanda and Stephen decided to start the podcast and hear about their histories with the first movie up; The Godfather. They also give some pre-production background about the film to set the scene for minute one coming soon.