What pleasures does the gangster genre offer its audience? eg: godfather

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One of the most famous films of the gangster genre is 'The godfather' made in about 1970/1 and released in 1972, Based on the best-selling novel by Mario Puzo it's a tale of Mafia life in America during the 1940s and '50s. Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the family patriarch balancing a love of his family with an ambitious criminal instinct. At the wedding of the don's daughter, Connie (Talia Shire), youngest son Michael (Al Pacino), a decorated war veteran, is reunited with his family. After an assassination attempt leaves the Godfather too ill to run the family business, sons Michael and Sonny (James Caan), with the help Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), lead the Corleones into a vendetta-filled war with the other mob families. Violent revenge ensues as the family tries to change from its old criminal ways into legitimacy.

The movie opens with the line: "I believe in America" as The Godfather is an American story.

That line is spoken by an undertaker, who has come to ask The Godfather, Don Corleone (Brando) to murder the two men who brutally beat his daughter. He has come on the wedding day of the Godfather's daughter, Connie, because he knows that no Sicilian can refuse any request on his daughter's wedding day.

This is a key feature throughout the film, the film is very family orientated and so at the initial wedding scene there is lots of singing, dancing and a very stereotypical Italian party but while the party takes place business is also fitted in around things, while the godfather accepts requests from party guests and things get dealt with e.g. the man taking photographs and the man putting tickets on the car outside the party.

The initial wedding scene sets the perfect opportunity for Coppola...