Italian Heritage Group Questions ‘Godfather II’ Legacy

Jan 04, 2019 1516

BY: Anne Lunde

The Pickwick Film Classics series plans to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s film, “The Godfather II,” with special showings on the Pickwick’s new Megatheatre screen on Jan. 19 at 5 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Show times will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The evening show will include a 6:30 p.m. performance on the Wurlitzer organ by Jay Warren and additional information on the film. Host Matthew Hoffman features the “classics” in his series once, but selects films which seldom get full screen treatment, or in this case, the new giant screens which are still rare in the Chicago area.

A showing of the original “The Godfather” several years ago drew a large crowd. This time, the show is also drawing a big objection from the Chicago office of the Italic Institute of America, a national organization based in New York which is trying to improve the reputation of Italian-Americans’ overall contributions.

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