After Michael hits McCluskey and Solozzo and flees to Sicily, we can see a short montage scene that features a sad piano song and newspapers relating investigations, mobsters killed (thanks to the Corleone's conenctions with the press).

Also, we can also see in the background some guys having a meal, passing plates, and the pianist.

Godfather's pianist

Who are these these guys? And what does that mean?

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    Aren't they "at the mattresses"? That's why there is so many men in one room. Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 12:10
  • @steelersquirrel, I didn't know this expression, I thought it was some dark joke from Clemenza to Paulie before killing him. I didn't know the war was planned at this time. Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 12:54
  • Oh, sure! It's one of the classic lines from the Godfather! "Going to the mattresses" :) Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 12:55

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These men have "gone to the mattresses".

Basically, going to war with a rival family.

Its when a mafia family sends someone out to rent apartments and some mattresses for the soldiers of the family to sleep on while they hide out in safety, waiting for a call to action.

Obviously, there's a lot of waiting around, so card games, cooking, playing or listening to music would take up most of the time waiting for a phone call.

The novel explains further...

Whenever a war between the Families became bitterly intense, the opponents would set up headquarters in secret apartments where the “soldiers” could sleep on mattresses scattered through the rooms. This was not so much to keep their families out of danger, their wives and little children, since any attack on noncombatants was undreamed of. All parties were too vulnerable to similar retaliation. But it was always smarter to live in some secret place where your everyday movements could not be charted either by your opponents or by some police who might arbitrarily decide to meddle.

And so usually a trusted caporegime would be sent out to rent a secret apartment and fill it with mattresses. That apartment would be used as a sally port into the city when an offensive was mounted

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

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