Italian conversation at Louie's between Michael and what's his name in The Godfather?

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  1. KevinW

    KevinW Stunt Coordinator

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    I don't speak Italian, and since there are no English subtitles, what's being said?

    p.s. I didn't have a clue how to spell the other guy's name.
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    You're not supposed to know. The viewer is in the same position as Capt. McCluskey, who doesn't speak Italian.

    The other guy's name is Virgil Solozzo a/k/a "The Turk".

    M.
     
  3. Richard Travale

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    Beleive it or not, they were talking about the Rangers and how they are only trying to buy the Stanley Cup[​IMG]
    By the way, just kidding.
     
  4. Scott Weinberg

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    Whether or nor we're supposed to know what they're saying, I'd also be very curious to know. Any Italian speaking individuals out there who could translate that scene for us?
     
  5. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    As I recall, Solozzo tells Michael: "Listen, I have great respect for your father, but his ideas are out-of-date." There are a few more lines, but that's the longest single speech. Michael is struggling with his Italian and quickly switches to English.

    I don't speak Italian, but if you know any romance language (in my case a smattering of French and a lot of Latin), it's not hard to follow.

    M.
     
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    He also tells Michael not to take the assasination attempt on his father personally, that it was just "business," this word spoken in English to convey the idea that this was common practice in the mafia.
     
  7. Richard Kim

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    Richard Travale from Nanaimo, BC, Canada wrote:
     
  8. Richard Travale

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    of course I'm sore, wouldn't you be if it was Messier that hit the crossbar near the end of the game instead of Nathan Lafayette?

    Actually I'm a habs fan so it made no real difference to me either way.
     
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    I can get the conversation translated. In fact, I have had it translated, but I'm not sharing until someone has made me an offer...[​IMG]
    Being from Italy, my mother has translated it for me. The Turk told Michael that his (Michael's) father is doing business the old way and Vito needs to change for the better of the Corleone family. Sollozo also said that what he did to the Don was business and that he has great respect for Don Corleone.
    I'm pretty sure that was the gist of the conversation. It's been about five years or so since I had it translated, but I will have it translated again.
     
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    From IMDb:

     
  11. JonZ

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    Even though I dont speak the language its pretty easy to figure out the beginning when he said he respected his father but his way of doing things was outdated,etc,etc.
     
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    If someone provides the Italian text, I will translate it.

    --Angelo
     
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    The conversation is detailed in the book, though it is probably longer than what's in the movie. It is like what was quoted above, only with quite a bit more (too much for me to type it here).
     
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