Sunday, October 9, 2022
5pm (doors 4:00pm)
$100 VIP*, $25 general admission, $20 for SGT members

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“The Godfather” – 50th Anniversary Movie Screening with Gianni Russo

Join us for a special 50th Anniversary screening of the classic 1972 film “The Godfather” as part of the 2022 “Better on the Big Screen” Classic Movie Series sponsored by Williams Eye Works and Richmond University Medical Center.

Special appearance by actor Gianni Russo (Carlo Rizzi) for a post-show Q&A and meet and greet in the lobby!  Gianni will be signing autographs and selling merchandise.

VIP Pre-Show Reception with Gianni Russo (limited to 75 people)

$100 per ticket includes a wine tasting, intimate Q&A session, and photo opportunity (your own camera) with Gianni Russo in the theatre’s new VG Lounge, plus a ticket to the movie screening.

Schedule of Events:

4:00pm – Doors Open, VIP reception begins

4:30pm – Pre-Show Organ Music by Ian Fraser

5:00pm – “The Godfather” movie screening

Post-movie Q&A and Meet and Greet with Gianni Russo in the Lobby

ABOUT THE GODFATHER:

Winner of the 1973 Academy Award for Best Picture and hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time, The Godfather stars an ensemble cast including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, and Robert Duvall under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola.

Adapted from Mario Puzo’s book of the same name, The Godfather tells the story of the aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transferring control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.  Vito Corleone is the aging don (head) of the Corleone Mafia Family. His youngest son Michael has returned from WWII just in time to see the wedding of Connie Corleone (Michael’s sister) to Carlo Rizzi. All of Michael’s family is involved with the Mafia, but Michael just wants to live a normal life. Drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo is looking for Mafia families to offer him protection in exchange for a profit of the drug money. He approaches Don Corleone about it, but, much against the advice of the Don’s lawyer Tom Hagen, the Don is morally against the use of drugs, and turns down the offer. This does not please Sollozzo, who has the Don shot down by some of his hit men. The Don barely survives, which leads his son Michael to begin a violent mob war against Sollozzo and tears the Corleone family apart.

ABOUT GIANNI RUSSO:

GIANNI RUSSO has made a career of playing tough guys. Although remembered most for his portrayal of Carlo Rizzi in “The Godfather”, his first acting job, his career has spanned over 40 films including such hits as The Freshman, Rush Hour, Any Given Sunday and Sea Biscuit as well as television roles in Kojak, The Rockford Files and Prison Break. And most recent.. due out this fall “Send No Flowers”.

Russo believes it’s his crooning that separates him from the mob of other on-screen wise guys. His debut CD Reflections paid homage to such legendary singers as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. These icons inspired him both personally and professionally. The CD, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com contains a bonus track where Russo reminisces about the behind-the-scenes drama that took place during the filming of “The Godfather”. Russo travels the country with his orchestra to sold out appearances performing the music that has influenced his Life. His follow up CD was released in June 2010, and his self-titled wine label Gianni Russo Wines launched nationally in 2009.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Little Italy and Staten Island, Russo overcame polio as a child to start his first “business” at the tender age of twelve, selling pens and erasers on the street corners. At eighteen Russo made his first trip to Miami, where he began to dabble in show-business, working in nightclubs and hotspots before deciding to pursue acting and move to Hollywood.

Russo’s colorful life is currently being adapted into a feature film by producer Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Horrible Bosses, Red Dragon, and is currently filming the sequel to King Kong). Screenplay was written by George Gallo of “Midnight Run” fame, “Bad Boys” and “Middle Men”, and to be directed by Barry Levinson of “Diner” & “Taxi” fame. Available now is disk 1 of “The Godfather Stories By: Carlo Rizzi a.k.a. Gianni Russo”, with 9 more volumes coming soon!

Mr. Russo currently resides in New York, and this summer is doing personal appearances throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Panama.