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Hollywood has made smoking taboo because of the stigma attached to tobacco. There are many memorable smoking scenes, including Tony Soprano (the cigar-wielding mobster) in "The Sopranos".
Advertising in the sixties wouldn't be as successful if cigarettes weren't shown on the popular television series "Mad Men", which was broadcast when they were socially acceptable. This .... series also features a lot of cigar smoking. Most likely Cubans.
Smoking cigars can be interpreted as wealth, power, and/or status depending on their context. Or, as psychoanalyst Sigmund Fréud might have stated: A stogie can be a powerful suggestion for sexual role-playing and even a phallic sign. Freud's quote, "Sometimes a cigarette is just a cigarette" is attributed, even though there isn't any proof.
Here are some famous scenes featuring cigars in movies.
Charlie Chaplin, actor-director, used the cigar to great effect in his films. Chaplin used large cigars in "City Lights" as a symbol for the upper classes, wealth, and power.
Max Cady, Martin Scorsese’s film remake of "Cape Fear", Robert Deniro's character smokes a large intimidating cigar. Cady, the villain, smokes a powerful powerhouse of cigars to promote the notion that Cady is strong and has a certain evil side.
Francis Ford Coppola was a passionate cigar smoker. It's not surprising that he featured many cigar-smoking scenes in the 1972 film "The Godfather". The Dons smoking cigars at the table is one of his most memorable scenes. The Gordo appears to be the preferred vitola of the mafia.
Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino in "Scarface") is of Cuban descent so he smokes Cuban cigars. Cigar smoking is often associated with wealth, power and strength. Gangsters also seem to favor long, thick parejos.
After a brutal beating with an axe, Patrick Bateman, a serial killer, calmly lightens up his cigar while listening to Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip to be Square". A classic, if not comical, scene from a cigar.
Sergio Leone's book "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" includes several notable cigar scenes. Clint Eastwood's The Man with no Name has a lot of cigarillo scenes. Tuco is played by Eli Wallach and is looking for The Man without a Name. He is tall and blonde. He smokes cigars, and he is a pig!
In "Independence Day", cigars are featured in approximately 12 scenes or once every 12.5 minutes. After conquering the aliens, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum enjoy a celebratory cigar. Goldblum, a new cigar convert, says, "Oh, I could get used this."
The 1996 movie "The First Wives Club", which was released in 1996, features Bette Midler and Diane Keaton holding strong fat cigars. The characters didn't smoke in the movie. These ads were controversial at that time.
Famke Janssen plays Xenia Onatopp as an assassin in James Bond's film "Goldeneye". She holds a cigar and gambles at a casino while wearing a low-cut black dress. As Miss Onatopp, the cigar also signifies sexual power ........
These films show cigar smokers in a particular light. However, you don’t have to be a super-rich, powerful, or heroic person to light your favorite cigar. There are many reasons people enjoy smoking cigars, but it is the enjoyment and relaxation that comes from this timeless pastime that matters most.
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