Michael Ramirez: Whack Job 08-27-23
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“Leave the gun, take the cannoli” is one of the most memorable lines in movie history. It comes from Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful epic mobster tale, The Godfather, chronicling the Corleone family.
Peter Clemenza, a “capo” or captain of Godfather, Don Vito Corleone, is assigned to execute his protégé, Paulie Gatto, who has been implicated in the attempted assassination of the Don, and has betrayed the family.
The scene begins with Clemenza leaving his house. Just before he gets into his car, his wife reminds him to pick up a cannoli for dessert. He gets into a waiting car with Paulie and another mob soldier, Rocco Lampone, who remains seated in the back seat. They drive around for a while under the pretense of looking for places for mob soldiers to stay. Clemenza asks Paulie to pull over in a deserted section of the road next to a field so that he can relieve himself. While Clemenza is doing his business, Rocco is doing his. He shoots Paulie in the back of the head. As Clemenza walks back to the car, he casually says, “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”
It is a horrifying juxtaposition of ordinary life, picking up dessert and the routine murder and mayhem surrounding a mob family.
It reminds us of life and the hierarchy in the current Russian government…
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