The film has been accused of promoting the view that Italian immigrants brought into the country their vices such as organised crime and corrupted the American social fabric.
On the other hand, the trilogy has been credited with telling the story of a family uprooted from its ancestral home in Sicily, immigration to and adaptation in America, and the succession. The Corleone family depicts the Italian immigrants struggle to settle in a strange country, retain their culture and deal with past problems, familial ties, bad choices and, above all, a will to survive any problems (Sciannameo, 2010). The trilogy neither condemns nor excuses organised crime, but rather brings out into the open the hitherto secret operations of the Mafia imported from Sicily. It shows the original purpose of the organisation; which was the protection from oppression, and subsequent corruption into organised crime. Overriding this theme is the determination of a family to stay afloat, presented without judgement of the means by which they choose to achieve their