There’s a scene in the 1993 film A Bronx Tale that serves as a poignant political statement in our day of celebrity politics. The story centers around a local crime boss and his relationship with a young Italian-American teenager living in The Bronx. Calogero (Francis Capra), “C” for short, keeps quiet about a crime that he saw Sonny LoSpecchio (Chazz Palminteri) commit.As a result, Sonny takes a liking to Calogero and uses him as a runner and pays him big bucks for his efforts. His father, Lorenzo (Robert DeNiro), does all he can to keep his son from getting involved in what could end badly for him as it will for Sonny.
As a result, Sonny takes a liking to Calogero and uses him as a runner and pays him big bucks for his efforts. His father, Lorenzo (Robert DeNiro), does all he can to keep his son from getting involved in what could end badly for him as it will for Sonny.
The scene I have in mind reminds me of today’s multi-millionaire liberal entertainers who think their opinions matter to us but would never do anything personally for us. Piers Morgan captures the essence of the hypocrisy in his response to Meryl Streep’s comments at the Golden Globes January 9th.
“She began by saying that Hollywood, foreigners and the press are ‘the most vilified segments of American society right now’.
“At which point the cameras panned out to hundreds of the richest, most privileged people in American society sitting in the audience in their $10,000 tuxedos and $20,000 dresses, loudly cheering this acknowledgement of their dreadful victimhood.”
Hollywood’s indifference and to how the majority of people live and work was prefigured in A Bronx Tale. The setting for this scene takes place after the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th game when Bill Mazeroszki hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning, winning the game and the lopsided series:
Young Calogero: Bill Mazeroski, I hate him. He made Mickey Mantle cry. The paper said the Mick cried.
Sonny: Mickey Mantle? That’s what you’re upset about? Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? If your father can’t pay the rent, go ask Mickey Mantle and see what he tells you. Mickey Mantle don’t care about you. Why should you care about him? Nobody cares.
Here’s the two-minute scene: