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Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: The Last Woltz] #968146
03/30/19 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by The Last Woltz
Originally Posted by Turnbull
"Why didn't we spend time like this before?"


Not to get too deep into the weeds, but I've always felt the wording and syntax of this sentence is fascinating.

Normally, if you're sorry you haven't had a great time together in the past, you'd say something like, "Why haven't we ever spent time like this?" That wording and tense implies regret for time lost but also hope for the future.

But Fredo uses "before" without "ever" and speaks in the past tense, showing that something has happened that will prevent him from having a fraternal relationship with Michael moving forward.

For instance, if you go to dinner with a platonic friend and realize you have feelings for each other, you'd say, "What haven't we ever done this?" But if you did it right after her wedding, you'd say, "Why didn't we do this before?"

Anyway, that is a great "tell" from Fredo that he knows that he has crossed a line that cannot be uncrossed, and also a clue that Michael didn't seem to pick up on at the time, but may have by the time the New Year's Eve party rolled around.
Interesting post Woltz

Fredo could have still tried
1. having a fraternal relationship with Michael moving forward
2. to uncross the line he has crossed

Fredo could have helped Michael with what he knew for the senate hearing at least even after the first session
Surely, Fredo would have known that the senate hearing was coming but chose to keep Michael in the dark

Michael didn't seem to pick up on Fredo's great "tell" at the time
Did any of us board members? We were all in denial!
Originally Posted by Turnbull
Three great John Cazale moments in GFII when he and Michael are having their tete-a-tete in the outdoor cafe in Havana:
1. Fredo says, "Sometimes I think I should have settled down, married a girl like Kay, been more like..." He pauses. We wait for him to say, "like you." Instead he says, "like Pop."
“married a girl like Kay” oh! boy!!
Sure thing I think we did! wait for him to say, "like you”

Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Frankie_Five_Angels] #968203
03/31/19 12:25 AM
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Geary sits down in Michael's office and tells him that he thought they would talk alone. Notice that the end table next to Geary has an ashtray and a lamp. When the camera next switches back to Geary, there's a glass of water on the end table. The camera switches back to Michael and then back to Geary as Neri walks past him. The glass of water is gone. When we next see Geary, he's taking his pills and the water glass is back.


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Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Capri] #968441
04/02/19 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Capri
Godfather II
1. was Michael running the nation's top Mafia Family
2. did Michael blamed Tom for the Corleone's misfortunes
3. was there any divorce/child custody hearing [Kay didn't seem to have any visitation rights even]
4. did Kay get the kids
5. wasn't Corleone family direction not to be like the Roman Empire it once was

To my knowledge,
1. Yes
2. No I don't believe Michael blamed Tom for the Corleone's misfortunes
3. No not from what was seen in the movie
4. No not from what was seen in the movie Kay was banished I reckon without the kids
5. Yes from Roman empire to biggest legitimate gambling mogul

Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Frankie_Five_Angels] #970858
05/06/19 12:03 AM
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My take, for what it is worth!

Desert Inn scene –

Rocco exits the room, joins two men [who were they?] and the three of them are conversing

Neri does not seem to even look in the direction of Rocco and the two men

1. Neri seems to hesitate as if unsure whether Michael meant just Rocco only, surely not both of them!
2. Then takes a couple of steps towards the coffee table, grabs a cigarette and exits
3. Neri does seem to stand just outside the sliding door, looking inside the room, how is it that Tom is still inside whilst Neri is outside!
4. Neri goes into the corner, squats on the floor with his back to the room and is smoking
5. Later we see Neri squatting, facing the room, I bet trying to lip read!

Whilst I too “cannot even imagine! anyone “demonstrating their dissatisfaction” to Michael about anything he said or did” Neri seems to but undoubtedly only because Neri knows Michael cannot see him!

Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Lana] #970973
05/06/19 10:57 PM
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As I saw it, Neri hesitated before leaving the room because he turned back briefly to grab a smoke from the box on the table. Tom was in the room because Michael wanted to talk to him privately about Fredo's whereabouts. I guess it was too "personal' at that point to share with Rocco and Neri.


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E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Lana] #971355
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Good one! Lana cheeky, humorous post

The men could be the same ones who were standing up when Michael,Tom and Neri were walking past them to the Inn

Michael's head was down, his nefarious world, Fredo's betrayal weighing him down
No doubt more coming with senate hearing, Kay's abortion

Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Evita] #971372
05/12/19 01:03 PM
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There was an interesting anomaly in that scene:

Michael was frantic to get Fredo on the plane with him that would take them out of Cuba. But, in the Vegas scene, after Tom tells Michael that he thinks Fredo's in NY, Michael simply tells Tom to get word to Fredo that he knew Roth misled him, etc. Since Michael was so anxious to get Fredo on the plane, probably less than 48 hours earlier, why didn't he order Tom to bring Fredo to him immediately? He waited until after his Senate appearance to tell Tom that he wanted to talk to Fredo.


Ntra la porta tua lu sangu sparsu,
E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Turnbull] #971445
05/13/19 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Turnbull
There was an interesting anomaly in that scene:

Michael was frantic to get Fredo on the plane with him that would take them out of Cuba. But, in the Vegas scene, after Tom tells Michael that he thinks Fredo's in NY, Michael simply tells Tom to get word to Fredo that he knew Roth misled him, etc. Since Michael was so anxious to get Fredo on the plane, probably less than 48 hours earlier, why didn't he order Tom to bring Fredo to him immediately? He waited until after his Senate appearance to tell Tom that he wanted to talk to Fredo.


Michael's head must have been spinning when he yelled at Fredo to get into the car. He was clearly devastated to realize that Fredo was the traitor. He doesn't know whether Roth is alive or dead. He is literally in the middle of a revolution without so much as a bodyguard. He surely hadn't had time to process and analyze Fredo's betrayal.

His reaction was probably a combination of thinking it would be wise to keep Fredo close and genuine concern for Fredo's safety.

By the time he gets to Nevada, he's had time to assess the situation. He knows Fredo is safe and that he poses no immediate threat to the Family. So he can afford to wait for Fredo to come back to him.


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Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: The Last Woltz] #971515
05/14/19 04:30 PM
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That seems logical, LW. And, by that time, he knew that Roth and Ola put Fredo up to his betrayal, so there was no more urgency. i


Ntra la porta tua lu sangu sparsu,
E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Turnbull] #971528
05/15/19 07:36 AM
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brother trying to get brother out safely
Later Don't be afraid Fredo everything is alright not knowing then how deep his treachery was, wanting to be Don

Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: The Last Woltz] #971628
05/16/19 11:25 PM
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After Roth chides Michael with his Moe Greene speech in Havana and goes in for a nap, notice the semi-smirking, condescending look Johnny Ola gives Michael, as if to say, "You think you're hot stuff, kid, but you can't touch the old man."


Ntra la porta tua lu sangu sparsu,
E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Did anyone else notice that ....... [Re: Turnbull] #971667
05/18/19 12:07 AM
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Roth's speech about Moe Greene to stoic Michael - "semi-smirking, condescending" Ola is looking smug that Michael has no idea Pentangeli is alive and that Michael will be dead shortly

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