Tuesday, September 05, 2006
You may remember this location from the film THE GODFATHER. You know the scene,
when Pete Clemenza says to the guy who just killed Paulie in the car, "Leave the gun...Take the cannolis."
In the last several months, I have driven along this road within Liberty State Park many times (twice yesterday). I have often wanted to shoot the scene but the light or whatever would always be a bit off. For example, yesterday, I stayed inside ALL DAY when it was nice outside and, once I finally got to the park, the clouds in the late afternoon made everything too dark. Today (Monday) had the same weather as yesterday but I got outside much earlier, since the Yankees didn't play until the evening. LOL! Anyway, I went again to the park.
Just like yesterday, I first walked along the Hudson River walkway taking pictures. This time, though, the sun shined almost the entire time, only briefly blocked by moving clouds. After the walk, as I drove out of the parking lot to go home, the GODFATHER scene came into my mind and I decided to try for the shot before calling it a night.
I drove over to the area and parked. After walking to the right spot, I lined up my framing and snapped the shutter. The camera saved the capture--and the battery died. "Oh, well,"
I thought, "I got it or I can come again."
Once I got home, I liked the resulting photo. However, I don't always remember character names, et cetera, so I looked up the film at imdb.com. Guess what? The actor Richard Castellano who played Clemenza was born today--September 4th--in 1933 in the Bronx. Of course, I had no idea beforehand. Happy birthday, Mr. Castellano--R.i.P.