King Solomon vs. the Godfather

Sunday, July 08, 2012 |  Aviel Schneider

"It only takes a little bit of imagination to link Bible stories with movie plots,” Raveh said at a seminar entitled “Who Is a Hero?” at the Yad Ben Tzvi Institute in Jerusalem. For example, there is The Godfather trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990), the blockbuster Mafia epics directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Raveh says the plot is inspired by the story of King Solomon in the First Book of Kings, chapter 2. In true biblical style, when Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) takes over as the head of the “family” following the death of his father, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), he not only settles scores with his enemies, but even has his own brother executed for turning against him.

“When King Solomon inherited his father’s kingdom,” says Raveh,“ he not only fulfilled King David’s request to kill his general, Joab [because he had murdered the generals Avner and Amasa], but he also had his own brother Adonijah executed for attempting to usurp the kingdom. In addition, Solomon had Shimei, a descendant of Saul, killed because he had cursed David; and he exiled the High Priest Eviathar [because he had sided with Adonijah]. You might even say that Al Pacino is a bit weak when it comes to mirroring the role of the biblical King Solomon.” Anyone who is acquainted with Scripture will find biblical plots, references and themes in many films. The Bible is filled with exciting stories and events that provide writers and filmmakers with plenty of material and insight.
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