Great Moments in Cinema, II

The Don’s garden. The Don, older looking now, sits with Michael -day

VITO CORLEONE
So — Barzini will move against you first. He’ll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust — guaranteeing your safety. And at that meeting, you’ll be assassinated.

(then, as the Don drinks from a glass of wine as Michael watches him)

I like to drink wine more than I used to — anyway, I’m drinking more…

MICHAEL
It’s good for you, Pop.

VITO CORLEONE (after a long pause)
I don’t know — your wife and children — are you happy with them?

MICHAEL
Very happy…

VITO CORLEONE
That’s good.

(then)

I hope you don’t mind the way I — I keep going over this Barzini business…

MICHAEL
No, not at all…

VITO CORLEONE
It’s an old habit. I spent my life trying not to be careless — women and children can be careless, but not men.

(then)

How’s your boy?

MICHAEL
He’s good —

VITO CORLEONE
You know he looks more like you every day.

MICHAEL (smiling)
He’s smarter than I am. Three years old, he can read the funny papers

VITO CORLEONE (laughs)
Read the funny papers —

(then)

Oh — well — eh, I want you to arrange to have a telephone man check all the calls that go in and out of here — because…

MICHAEL
I did it already, Pop.

VITO CORLEONE
— ya’know, cuz it could be anyone…

MICHAEL
Pop, I took care of that.

VITO CORLEONE
Oh, that’s right — I forgot.

MICHAEL (reaching over, touching his father)
What’s the matter? What’s bothering you?

(then, after the Don doesn’t answer)

I’ll handle it. I told you I can handle it, I’ll handle it.

VITO CORLEONE (as he stands)
I knew that Santino was going to have to go through all this. And Fredo — well —

(then, after he sits besides Michael)

— Fredo was — well — But I never — I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don’t apologize, to take care of my family. And I refused — to be a fool — dancing on the string, held by all those — bigshots. I don’t apologize — that’s my life — but I thought that — that when it was your time — that — that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator – Corleone. Governor – Corleone, or something…

MICHAEL
Another pezzonovante

VITO CORLEONE
Well — there wasn’t enough time, Michael. Wasn’t enough time…

MICHAEL
We’ll get there, Pop — we’ll get there…

VITO CORLEONE
Uh…

(then, after kissing Michael on the cheek)

Now listen — whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting — he’s the traitor. Don’t forget that.

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