'The Godfather' and the limitations of representation : Pop Culture Happy Hour Today we debut Screening Ourselves, a new documentary series hosted by Aisha Harris. The Godfather is considered an American film classic with an enduring legacy that still shows up in TV, hip hop, and even Muppet culture. But the film also sparked a complicated relationship with the real-life Italian-American community about how they were seen and screened. In this episode, Aisha looks into the politics and the legacy of representation in Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather saga.

'The Godfather' and the limitations of representation

'The Godfather' and the limitations of representation

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Films and television like The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Sopranos and Scarface have portrayed Italian-Americans as gangsters.
Mark Harris for NPR

Today we debut Screening Ourselves, a new documentary series hosted by Aisha Harris. The Godfather is considered an American film classic with an enduring legacy that still shows up in TV, hip hop, and even Muppet culture. But the film also sparked a complicated relationship with the real-life Italian-American community about how they were seen and screened. In this episode, Aisha looks into the politics and the legacy of representation in Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather saga.

Clarification Nov. 7, 2022

A previous version of this episode referred to Fiddler on the Roof, which is largely set in Imperial Russia and not immigrant New York City.