The Godfather (1972)

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I wanted to do something special for the 200th Doc’s Classic Movie Review and so I chose one of the great movies in cinematic history, The Godfather.

I had actually only seen The Godfather once and it was just a few years ago on the big screen at a Fathom Event so it fits right into the idea for #200.

Francis Ford Coppola directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, who wrote the original novel that the film was based upon, that told the story of the five families of organized crime in New York, specifically about the Corleone family, led by Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).  Corleone was aging and a failed assassination attempt slowed him down even more.  His son Sonny (James Caan) initially would make decisions, but  eventually, the power of the family would fall down to Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), war hero who wanted to stay out of the family business but only found himself pulled back in.

The film is beautifully shot and the imagery we get is as iconic as it comes.  The music is a perfect blend with what we see on the screen.  The music paints us a picture of the family and its continuous growth.

Michael Corleone changes dramatically as the film progresses, starting as the young man back from war who wanted to stay free of the family business to the vicious, cold-blooded Don at the end, taking steps that even his father would not take.

Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are revolutionary in their performances.  Both men are simply astounding and deserve every accolade that they received.

The remainder of the cast is spectacular as well.  We have James Caan, Abe Vigoda, Diane Keaton, Sterling Hayden, Robert DuVall, Talia Shire, Richard Castellano among others.  There is not one misstep among the cast.

The Godfather was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Godfather is one of the greatest movies ever made.

Next up is a movie that I have never seen… The Godfather 2.


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