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At its core, THE GODFATHER is the story of an Italian-American family merely trying to run a business, with the patriarch Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) constantly imparting pearls of wisdom. There are so many life lessons relayed in this film. Two of my favorites are "a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man," and "in Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns." And through all of this education, a drink is never further than an arm's length away. While wine certainly does flow through this story, to enjoy THE GODFATHER like a Don you'll want to be sipping on Anisette. It's got just enough bite to sharpen you up, yet also the necessary ingredients to calm you down.
Anisette by his side, Don Corleone ponders a crucial business decision.
The Don serves Sollozo an anisette while discussing the narcotics business.
"Come on, you think I'd make my sister a widow?"
Michael offers Carlo some anisette to calm his nerves.