Andy Smith, associate professor of film and media studies, spoke to WFMZ-TV ahead of the 50th anniversary of The Godfather and its return to theaters. Smith shared with the news outlet that would be seeing the epic crime drama on the big screen with his students who would then be assigned to write about the film.

“It’s sort of a, a nice dip back into an important era of American cinema of the 1970s,” said Smith. “I suspect the film is going to play somewhat differently to our eyes in the present day.”

Smith points out Americans were in a dark place of cultural trauma when the film was originally released in 1972. He says there are several parallels between then and now, including a lack of trust in political leaders.

Watch the segment on WFMZ-TV.

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