Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mario Puzo's the Last Don

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mario Puzo's the Last Don

Article excerpt

Murder, betrayal, honor, pasta--Mario Puzo's The Last Don serves up all the Mafia themes we expect from the man who brought us The Godfather. By now Puzo's tales are like old friends, and this six-hour extravaganza has a comfy retro feel. Even its billing as a "star-studded miniseries event" harks back to the network TV blockbusters of a decade ago.

But as Puzo himself has often told us, looks can deceive. Based on his 1996 novel, The Last Don challenges both network TV tradition and the mythology of the mob. Here, for the first time, Puzo's universe includes a real place for gay people. What's more, The Last Don's openly lesbian cast member--k.d. lang--is being promoted by CBS as one of the more studly stars of this star-studded event.

Though the film wasn't available at press time, Puzo's story goes like this: Domenico Clericuzio (Danny Aiello), a powerful don, wants to take his family legitimate. But his daughter (Kirstie Alley) falls in love with a son of the rival crime family, necessitating a lot of killing and putting that dream of respectability out of reach again.

So where does lang come in? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.