‘The Godfather’: A Meditation on the American Dream

The film's rich subtext ruminates on America's rise after World War II.

The following article, written by Warren Henry, appears on The Federalist. 

The 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” has brought us another Blu-Ray box set and another round of critical reappraisal of the mafia movie classic. The secret of the film’s enduring appeal, however, might be found in its opening line: “I believe in America.”

It is often said that “The Godfather” is an ironic commentary on the American Dream. That conventional wisdom may say more about movie critics than about “The Godfather,” which has a more nuanced subtext.

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