The Silence Of The Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991), Hannibal (Tim Hunter, S02E06, Futamono, 2014).
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The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Boardwalk Empire (Farewell Daddy Blues, S04,E12, Tim Van Patten, 2013).
Vito Corleone was based on many real-life mobsters, primary of which was Frank Costello. Of course, it is hard to overlook the similarities between the shooting of Chicago gangster Giovanni Torrio and the attempted assassination on Vito Corleone. Both were shot multiple times, and both survived miraculously. Costello, too, survived an assassination attempt.
With the portrayal of Torrio’s attempted assassination in Boardwalk Empire, everything has come full circle. Boardwalk Empire is undoubtedly informed by classic mobster films, so it is no surprise that the gunning down of the dramatised Torrio takes several key ques from The Godfather.
For those playing at home: real-life influenced art, art influenced the artistic portrayal of real-life. It is the cinematic equivalent of ouroboros or tautology.
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