I know it's not from the country of Italy, but it deals with something that DID come from there. The so called Mafia aka Cosa Nostra. One of the weird art imitations of life was the American mobsters who used the movie as a role model for how to behave, rather than go to their roots in Sicily. It fascinates me the way the different criminal organizations behave and operate. For me it's almost like government and society in a smaller micro world. You see similar problems with people, but in different situations. I think the Godfather movies did a lot of backpedaling for the "American" family based Mafia. What a lot of people don't realize is that there are more groups in Italy, like the Camorra and the SCU. Some people who have looked into the "Mafia" find that it blends with the shadowy world of Freemasonry, which is a well known Italian institution. If you watch the Godfather movies, this is obviously left out in favor of romanticizing the Mafia. The real life Cosa Nostra was nothing like the mobsters in the movie, but they were brutal and crude people who harmed communities. What I want to know is if anyone thinks this movie trilogy really did influence anyone, or is that a misunderstanding of what happened?