It’s a Sicilian message. It means The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day sleeps with the fishes.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Hey, I swear I haven’t forgotten about you guys. I took Thanksgiving off for the first time in about 10 years and every other working minute of my day I’ve spent trying to finish the Holiday Gift Guide (I’m on track to post the final installment tomorrow)!
But I did want to offer up a nice BTS shot to make up for slipping over the holiday weekend. Today’s shot is from one of the most recognizable scenes in movie history, when Michael Corleone fully commits to joining the family business by putting a bullet in Sollozzo’s head.
What you see in this picture is effects man Joe Lombardi instructing Al Pacino on how to use the gun, which is rigged to the squib on Al Lettieri’s head (see the wire coming out of the butt of the gun?). Neat, huh?
Thanks to Dimitar Dimitrov and the PEG for the shot!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at email@example.com.
Tomorrow’s pic is another sweet Kubrick shot, this time from the set of Barry Lyndon.
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Nov. 25, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST
Tomorrow's pic is from my favourite film.
Nov. 25, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST
I love the whole feel of the first film so much, definitely the best one IMHO. Nothing tops Brando and Caan!
Nov. 25, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST
Couldn't one of the lines from or about this scene been used instead? How about the one about the gun, the toilet, and Michael's, um, privates?
Nov. 25, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST
by RICO OLD BUDDY
Great try the veal, its the best in the city.
Nov. 25, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST
Puff of blood must and glass window behind his break breaks telling u bullet went right through the guys head.
Nov. 25, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST
by David Duchovny
Looks like it really fucking hurt. Good acting. That shit ain't easy.
Nov. 25, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST
by ajit maholtra
Nov. 25, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
And this might be the best.
Nov. 25, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST
One of the best scenes in movie history for so many reasons. Best homage -- in the first season of the Sopranos, when Tony drops the stapler gun.
Nov. 25, 2012, 5 p.m. CST
As stated in the GF blu-ray xtras.
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST
Perfect filmmaking in every single way.
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST
She was helping Coppola look through the screen tests for Michael and she thought Pacino should get the part because "He undresses you with his eyes."
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
. . . I've frisked a thousand young punks in my time.
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST
The exploding squib was on the back of his head. Lots of padding and protection. The bullet in the front achieved by building a little damn of puddy on the forehead and filling it with fake blood. They then cut a small circular hole in the puddy, creating a plug in the shape of the bullet hole and attached it to a string. When he pulled the trigger, the squib exploded and they simultaneously pulled the string, yanking out the plug. Allowing the appearance of blood trickling down his face from nowhere. If you look at the picture above you can see the puddy caked on his forehead hiding the trickle of blood to come. It happened so fast, with the smoke and the shadows, that you can't see the plug yanked in 24fps. Back when people still like practical effects in their films.
Nov. 25, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST
What is this place? Fucking Olive Garden? Microwaved veal? Bunch of fuckin mulignans.
Nov. 25, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST
by Anthony Torchia
I never tuned that in, thanks My family (the Ingolias) used to own an Italian restaurant, nobody was killed in it but I did have a relative in Oklahoma get the "hair dryer in the tub" treatment No one liked him anyway ....
Nov. 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST
by chainsaw autotune
need more coppola.
Nov. 25, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST
by The StarWolf
Another of those surface world expressions which Aquaman (or Submariner) just wouldn't get.
Nov. 25, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...where we see a fish being fitted with styrofoam shoes by fish gangsters so he can "sleep with the humans".
Nov. 26, 2012, 1:54 a.m. CST
by Jay Jay
...of anyone who doesn't like this film. Cinema just doesn't get much better than this.
Nov. 26, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST
So Who thinks LOTR will be remade any better as well?
Nov. 26, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST
Just thought I'd mention it since I saw it 2 days go on another site but I still haven't seen it posted anywhere on AICN... y'know... the fantasy geek movie news website...
Nov. 26, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST
Lucas will change it so that Michael and Sollozzo shoot at the same time. Spielberg will change all the guns into cannolis and meatball sandwiches. All of the Brando scenes will be redubbed by James Earl Jones. James Caan will be gunned down in the Millenium Falcon while stopping at a toll booth. Robert Duvall will be digitally replaced by Consigliere Jar Jar Binks.
Nov. 26, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST
....and I love that movie, maybe even more than the first one, but... Who killed Michael's would-be assassins in the Lake Tahoe complex? Rocco? But then why would he agree to take out Roth in the airport at the end? It's a pretty big hole in the plot of an otherwise near-perfect movie.
Nov. 26, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST
by Con Shonnery
I always thought they'd killed themselves after being trapped by Michael's men.
Nov. 26, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
Even if just a little...each and every time I think Mike won't find the gun. Or it just won't be there. Or something else in the universe of a million things that can go wrong would go wrong and it would all be for naught... Brilliant movie and brilliant scene...doesn't get much better than that.
Nov. 26, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST
Whomever dropped them off at the water waited for them to return, shot them and left them there to be found, trying to turn suspicion on Frankie. Micheal visited both he and Roth, and knew it was Roth.
Nov. 26, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST
To answer the question above -- I think it was strongly implied that Fredo killed the assassins. Which, kind of makes him more competent that he appeared. Or, it was Johnny Ola who did it after they botched the job. The other big plot hole is why the guys who tried to kill Frank Pantangele told him that "Michael Corleone says hello?" Or whatever. That made no sense unless they WERE acting on Michael's orders. If they were acting on Hyman Roth's orders, why bother with the subterfuge (unless you want the guy in the bar who's a witness to implicate Corleone). It looks like Coppola intended for Corleone to really be the man who ordered the Pantangele hit (that whole scene with Frank at Michael's old house in New York has a whole different meaning if Michael suspects Pantangele and orders his death later on). It obviously made for a more coherent plot that Pantangele thinks Michale was behind the atempt on his life, and that it was ordered by Hyman Roth. But, the scenes were shot with such ambiguity that I think Coppola changed his mind halfway through filiming it. That scene, again, in Pantangele's home seemed like Michael was accusing him of being behind the attempt on Michael's life, and his whole "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" speech was talking about Frank, not Hyman Roth who is was ostensibly about. The whole scene was highly ambiguous. And the way the film played out, it lost its highly charged complexity and irony because it appeared Michael was being straightforward and earnest.
Nov. 26, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST
I think the original idea was that Pantangele was behind the attempted hit on Michael, not Hyman Roth. They retconned the Hyman Roth plot in later. You see remnants of the Frank Pantangele plot in the scene where Michael visits him in his home in New York. I think that scene was supposed to be played as highly ironic as opposed to earnest. The way Pacino plays it is as if he knows Pantangele was behind the attempt on his life in Tahoe, and that he's "keep his enemy closer" by telling Frank that it was Hyman Roth to make Frank " completely relaxed and comfortable in [their] friendship."
Nov. 26, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST
Don't you guys understand remakes? This would need a gender change, and she would be played by a hot actress in her mid-'30s.
She'll give you an offer you can't refuse...she's The Godmother.
Nov. 26, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
Nov. 26, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST
It will probably be called The Godmother. It will probably be produced by Copola. It will have a female lead actress who will ugly herself up for the role, or she will be hot and look nothing like the real woman. She names her son Michael Corleone after the character in the movie. (so meta) It will have a hip hop soundtrack. It will feature at least 3 hip hop artists.
Nov. 26, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST
Not a lot of actors today can say that. Too many nancy boys and not enough ugly menace. I blame the rise of metro sexuality.
Nov. 26, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST
by David Duchovny
Picture In THE GODFATHER, the hit on Hayden’s forehead was done with an explosive squib. Squibs come in different sizes, 1/4 grain, 1/2 grain, etc. As I recall these were 1/4 grain or smaller (because they are explosive, squibs require protection via a small round metal plate attached to the actor’s skin. This all goes on before the makeup). For Hayden, Dick used a foam latex forehead over the squib and plate. This took about an hour and a half to prepare. The wires to detonate the squib were run through Hayden’s hair and became virtually invisible. But there was no blood tube. Instead, Dick left a small air pocket around the squib. Right before the camera rolled, he withdrew the air from the air pocket with one hypodermic needle and syringe as he simultaneously injected thinned blood with a second hypodermic. This way there was no bulge. Genius is right. Pacino’s gun goes off and Bang! -- the hole pops and blood courses down Hayden’s entire face. The effect worked beautifully and is seen in the final cut of the film. But there was a drawback. It took nearly two hours to clean up and re-set. The foam latex not only absorbed the blood, but the squibbed hole tore irreparably, which meant a completely new forehead and re-do. This led Dick decided to rethink things.
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