The Italian phrase ben assai was spoken by the character Vito Corleone in the Godfather Part II. The baby Michael Corleone is held affectionately by his father Vito while sitting on a New York City stoop. Vito tells his son Michael, "Your dad loves you very much, ben assai." Benassai is an attempt to define a love that is too great for words. It symbolizes the longing and the desire to capture something very beautiful visually.