Colloquy Downeast Blue Hill Maine

Colloquy Downeast

Spirited Conversations in Great Company

FacilitatorBrooke Dojny and Anita Jacobssen
Date & TimeWednesdays: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (except Mar 27 which will be from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm)
LocationHoward Room, Blue Hill Public Library

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy is almost universally acknowledged as one of the premier masterpieces of twentieth century cinema. The three Godfather movies, based on the best-selling novel by Mario Puzo, have broken box office records and earned multiple film industry awards in every possible category. With each viewing, the films acquire more luster, yielding ever more thematic depth, ever more stunning performances and evidence of brilliance.

Writing in the Chicago Sun Times on the fiftieth anniversary of the films, Richard Roeper said, “The Godfather is the most memorable, most influential, most quoted, most beloved, most discussed, most imitated, most revered and most entertaining movie ever made.”

This colloquy will explore the myriad aspects and depths of the films and the novel.

Brooke Dojny is a cookbook author, freelance magazine contributor, and newspaper columnist. She has been an avid film buff all her life.

Anita Jacobssen worked in magazine publishing in New York before moving to Maine. She is a long-time volunteer/supporter of the Brooklin library and is a committed movie enthusiast.

  ▼ Syllabus/Reading


  • The assignment for Week One will be to read the Mario Puzo novel on which the films are based. Blue Hill Library and Booklin’s Friend Memorial Library have copies.
  • Week Two will be a discussion of The Godfather Part I
  • Week Three, Part II 
  • Week Four, Part III
  • Numerous books about the making of The Godfather have been published over the decades. One of the best is Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli, by Mark Seal (2021). Both libraries own copies.
  • Prior to each session, we will send links to reviews of the novel or a specific film to help jump start discussions.
  • We will also send suggested topics for discussion for the novel and for each film, reminding participants to consider specific themes, symbolism, characterizations, acting styles, etc.
  • During the colloquy sessions we will show clips from the films to amplify conversations.
  • Interviews with actors, directors, etc. will also be shown to provide additional background on the film-making process.
  • A good many scenes in the novel and films feature food, cooked and consumed. A Godfather-ish snack will be served during the break.

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