The Godfather: Part II has many memorable scenes in it. Among those is young Vito Corleone’s first day in New York’s Ellis Island. The boy barely said a word because he had a traumatic experience back home (Corleone, Sicily) and because he can’t speak English yet.
After going through the SOPs of the immigration, Vito (Oreste Baldini) is then lead to his room. With his stoic face, the boy stares at the Statue of Liberty, which can be seen from his window. (I love how that shot visualizes “the American dream.”)
Then, he sits down and sings this Sicilian folk song:
Avia nu sciacarreddu
Ma veru sapuritu
A mia mi l’amazzari
Poveru sceccu miu.
A bit frightening* and inspiring at the same time, this one’s a gripping scene that introduces a new chapter in Vito’s life… the birth of The Godfather.
Vito Corleone in Ellis Island:
*Considering the horrors most refugees go through.
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