Ides of March Julius Caesar magazine sign

Why, yes, I do change my meeting sign every month. Doesn’t everybody?

Why, yes, today is the Ides of March. And I’m hoping no one is standing behind me.

That was one of my thoughts as I selected an image for the sign indicating our monthly meeting of the Arizona Attorney Editorial Board (see above). Many of the members found it funny—others simply raised their eyebrows, as lawyers can do.

But what turned out poorly for Julius Caesar on March 15 ended up yielding one of my briefer—and most favorite—blog posts ever.

That’s because it combined Caesar, regal intrigue, murder most foul, and the blockbuster movie Godfather, which was released on this day in 1972.

You can read that piece from way back in 2013 here. It still makes me chuckle. But then again, I’m easily amused.

Good luck getting through an unlucky day. Here’s to classical history and great films.

godfatherBeware Change of Venue Friday. And Happy Ides of March.

Hold it. I think I have that backwards.

In any case, I’m pleased that this day of auguries falls on my blog’s “casual Friday.” And as I have pointed out before, there are worse ways to spend the Ides than enjoying the movie “The Godfather.” For example, take Julius Caesar: As others have pointed out, the Ides in 44 B.C. were auspicious for him mainly for his inability to follow the Godfather’s edict: “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.”

About 2016 years later, “The Godfather” premiered in New York City on March 15, 1972. How’s that for classic karma?

If I were you, I would avoid senators of all kinds today (Roman or otherwise). Instead, here’s hoping you enjoy the movie, and your weekend.

If you are well enough to read this, that means you survived yesterday—the Ides of March. Congratulations!

As a treat for all of us on Change of Venue Friday, I remind you of another portentous event yesterday: the 40th anniversary of the release of the masterpiece The Godfather.

(For the legally cranky and others who expect entirely law-related posts, I would suggest you haven’t seen the movie.)

As I hope we can all agree, The Godfather is the best movie ever made. (Disagree? Feel free to comment below.) And I’ve always enjoyed the fact that the movie was launched on the Ides, because mystery, danger and auguries combine perfectly in the movie.

As you head into your weekend, I share a timely story called “40 Things You Didn’t Know About The Godfather.” Appropriately, it was in Time Magazine.

It opens with an item called “The Cat.” Here’s the surprising description:

“As Don Corleone calmly explains his idea of ‘friendship’ to the undertaker Bonasera, the first nearly full-body shot of the don reveals an unexpected guest: a gray and white cat sitting in Marlon Brando’s lap. ‘The cat in Marlon’s hands was not planned for,’ director Francis Ford Coppola said later. ‘I saw the cat running around the studio, and took it and put it in his hands without a word.’ Brando apparently loved children and animals, and it became part of the scene. But it also nearly ruined the shot. When the sound crew listened to Brando’s dialogue, they couldn’t understand a word he was saying and feared they would have to use subtitles. The problem wasn’t Brando but the cat, whose purring wrecked the sound. You can still hear it on the sound track.”

Keep reading here, and have a great weekend.

On a day that is all about auguries and mysteries and warnings, we should not forget one of the most Ides-worthy anniversaries on record.

On March 15, 1972, The Godfather was released.

More information about this classic is here.

Think that’s not law-related enough for this blog? Ha! Just watch the movie. You’ll see.