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US NewsHow Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump

02:15  14 august  2019
02:15  14 august  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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But unlike the Godfather character , the president This morning’s presidential Twitter outburst recalls those words of Fredo Corleone’s in one of the most famous scenes from The Godfather series. Until now, Trump ’s worst moments have occurred behind closed doors, and have become known to the

People are comparing Donald Trump Jr. to the character of Fredo Corleone, who was played in "The Godfather " movies by the late Ive long wondered who the Fredo of the Trump family is and I've come to the conclusion that it's just a If Trump jr is Fredo , is Eric also Fredo ? How does that work?

How Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump John Cazale and Meryl Streep. (Globe Photos/MediaPunch/IPX)

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Mafia boss Vito Corleone gathers oranges at the New York market as his hapless middle son Frederico sits in the black, chrome-tipped Cadillac Fleetwood.

Assassins scramble toward the kingpin with revolvers out, trap him against the car’s hood and fire nearly a dozen shots into his back. Frederico leaps out, and in a panicked frenzy, drops his pistol as the gunmen slip away — leaving “Fredo” a broken, sobbing mess.

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Fredo Corleone (The Godfather character ). Fredo believes him. Fredo may have convinced himself that Johnny and Hyman Roth only wanted to put Michael aside, but he forgot about Michael. It seems to me that Fredo was pumped for information, including information about how the family security

Don Vito Corleone, né Vito Andolini, was the founder and former head of the Corleone family. "My father 's name was Antonio Andolini, and this is for you Don Ciccio.". ―Vito Corleone. Vito was born on 1891, in the small Sicilian village of Corleone to Antonio Andolini.

It was not the first time Fredo Corleone, sunken-eyed and sorrowful, had a moment of weakness in “The Godfather” film franchise. But his cowardice in the assassination attempt cemented actor John Cazale’s role as one of the most tragically flawed characters in cinematic history.

How Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump © Moviestore Collection/Shutterstock Film and Television The Godfather, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale 1972

And on Tuesday, President Trump taunted CNN’s Chris Cuomo after a filmed confrontation with the host and another man using the character’s name as an insult exploded over social media. “I thought Chris was Fredo also,” the president said. “The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN.”

Cuomo said in the video that the name was an ethnic slur for Italian Americans, and he prompted his own backlash after he drew comparisons to the n-word.

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Fredo was part of a plot to assassinate Michael. Arguably Fredo could have been forgiven as his character Such stupidity, weak character and Jealously is what lead to Fredo becoming part of a plan for His paranoia keeps him from seeing how wrong and sick in the head he had become , but

Fredo never killed elephants for pleasure — when Marlon Brando’s Vito Corleone is shot in the first film, he can’t even handle a gun without dropping it. He just wanted respect, as he says in one of the most famous moments in the second film, acted to perfection by the quintissential actor’s actor, John Cazale

“In every way, calling someone ‘Fredo’ is the antithesis of what we’d call a strong and powerful person,” Edward Falco, the author of the 2012 series prequel, “The Family Corleone,” told The Washington Post.

How Fredo, the tragic ‘Godfather’ character, became an insult wielded by Trump © Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock The Godfather - 1972 James Caan, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, John Cazale 1972

Who was ‘Fredo’?

Frederico Corleone has been synonymous with weakness and failure since Mario Puzo’s 1969 best-selling novel “The Godfather” led to two Best Picture-winning films. There are spoilers below, but both films are decades old, routinely listed among the best films ever made and produced legendary roles for Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro. So fair warning.

The story focuses on the Corleone family’s transition of power from the patriarch Don Vito Corleone to his youngest son, Michael, in postwar New York City. The eldest son, Sonny, a hothead womanizer, is gunned down by a rival mob after Vito “Godfather” Corleone is hospitalized. That left the youngest brother, Michael, a calm and strategic war veteran reluctant to get his hands dirty in the family business, to step in and take control.

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In The Godfather : Part II, a frustrated Fredo tries to make a power play by colluding with Johnny Ola — a rival gangster — and winds up inadvertently Some staffers had reportedly been calling Donald Jr. Fredo (and Ivanka Michael) behind his back since the days of the campaign, when it became obvious

Fredo is the tragic underachiever. It becomes clear, though, in Godfather III, that Michael lives to regret his decision in the case of Fredo . His reverence for his brother’s strength of character ? Fredo was nursing a grudge against his younger brother that he became the head of the family and not him.

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Fredo, the second oldest son and, in strictly a birth order sense, the rightful heir to the business, took the ordeal as another barb to his wounded pride.

“He’s not the brother who can protect his father. He’s a sad, ineffectual and weak character,” Falco said Tuesday.

Manipulated by other characters and hungry for validation, Fredo sides with a crooked casino owner over Michael in the first film. In the sequel, Michael learns that Fredo supplied information that led to a failed attempt on his life.

Amid a stream of New Year’s confetti, Michael grabs Fredo tightly around his neck and kisses him. “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart,” Michael tells him. Fredo slinks away.

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------Later, in the film’s bleak climax, Fredo comes clean about his betrayal. He was promised a reward and control — two things he never received in the family. Then, Fredo reveals the root of his destructive angst.

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Fredo gave Johnny Ola the layout of the estate -- most importantly, the location of Michael's bedroom. The assassins needed to know where to hit. The implication is also that Johnny Ola lied to Fredo and convinced him that he and Roth were going to just try to scare Michael rather than have it be an actual

The Godfather is a crime novel written by American author Mario Puzo. The sequel, The Godfather Part II won six Oscars, and became the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It tells the story of how Vito Corleone rises to Don and how Sonny Corleone and Tom Hagen enter the

“I’m your older brother Mike, and I was stepped over!” Fredo roars.

Michael responds that it was how their father wanted the business to run.

“It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things. I’m smart. Not like everybody says,” Fredo shoots back. “I’m smart and I want respect!”

Fredo melts into a chair, and Michael banishes him from the family. Soon after, as Fredo sits on a rocking boat, a family strongman puts a pistol to Fredo’s head and pulls the trigger as Michael watches from a window, bowing his head.

The ‘slur’

Falco said he agreed with Cuomo that “Fredo” was directed as an ethnic slur, not just meaning someone weak and incompetent but a weak and incompetent Italian. It sounds close to “guido,” he said, a more prominent insult toward Italian Americans, though he said Cuomo went “overboard” comparing it to the n-word.

“Italians have a history in this country that includes a lot of oppression and derision,” Falco said, including as a class of subjugated immigrants.

In 1891, soon after 11 Italian American men were killed and mutilated by a mob in New Orleans, the New York Times published an editorial calling them “sneaking and cowardly Sicilians” and “a pest without mitigations.”

That subjugation played a major role in the plot of “The Godfather.” Young Vito Corleone, played in the second “Godfather” film by De Niro, kills a New York mob boss coercing Italian Americans to pay him protection money, knowing they cannot go to the police.

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Frederico " Fredo " Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather . Fredo is portrayed by American actor John Cazale in the Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation and in the

Become a member. About. Over the last couple of days, it’s been a trend to compare Donald Trump Jr. to Fredo Corleone, the black sheep in The Godfather ’s Corleone family, who’s In fact, according to The Daily Beast, Junior’s nickname within the Trump campaign was Fredo , given how

But the story is also centered on themes of loyalty, respect and family above all else. And for Italian families, Falco said, those ideas are taken very seriously. “Fredo” as an insult is even related to the word “ciuccio,” which Falco said can mean “donkey” in Italian but also used to describe an incompetent family member in need of constant help.

And yet, the term “Fredo” has also been a stand-in criticism to suggest a bumbling son. Several pundits have compared Donald Trump Jr. and White House senior adviser (and Trump in-law) Jared Kushner to Fredo, implying they are weak links in the family.

The actor

Fredo Corleone is Cazale’s hallmark role. He starred in only five feature films, every one a Best Picture nominee.

Cazale acted in the first two “Godfather” films and teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola again in “The Conversation.” He also rejoined Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon.”

But Cazale was diagnosed with lung cancer and died after completing his role for 1978′s “The Deer Hunter,” which won Best Picture. He later appeared in archival footage for the 1990 release, “The Godfather III.”

In a sad twist, the video of Cuomo surfaced Monday — reminding the world of Cazale’s astonishing work on what would have been the actor’s 84th birthday.

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