Violence, strong language, brief nudity. In fact, I frequently point to The Godfather as exhibit A to refute boorish book-is-always-better-than-the-film arguments Jaws is my other vital exhibit. For the purposes of this review, I intend to examine both films omitting the superfluous and inferior The Godfather Part III, which whilst entertaining on its own terms, pales in comparison to its illustrious predecessors. What this opening wedding does, quite brilliantly, is set up the drama in terms essentially asking the audience to sympathise with violent criminals.
Vito behaves like — and, in some ways, is — a family-oriented leader of his community, doing favors for the weak and punishing the wicked so long as it doesn't interfere with business.
In some ways this is an Invoked Trope. People are expected to treat Don Vito the same way — like a treasured and respected friend. During his first scene, he chides Bonasera the mortician for not being more sociable with him and only visiting when he needs a favor.
Michael toes a fine line in the first two movies, he's polite, icy and ruthless. He sweet-talks Kay to make her believe he's not going to be a criminal while his revenge plans are already in motion. He invokes a false veneer of amicability by keeping his friends close but his enemies closer.
One of the many connotations of the Godfather title. A doctor is talking to a friend of Johnny Fontane, telling the man that if he doesn't cut out the smoking and drinking he'll be dead in five years. The man gives off an apparently horrified reaction as he says, "My God!
Doc, are you serious? I'll be dead in five years? You mean it's going to take that long? An inter-criminal example in Part II has several hitmen infiltrating Michael's compound at Lake Tahoe in an attempt to gun Michael down, who is uncharacteristically and justifiably inflamed by the attack.
Where my children come and play with their toys. All There in the Manual: When Michael and Sollozzo switch to speaking Italian during the restaurant scene, the subtitles don't pick up their dialogue.
The conversation translated in English is in the novel. In the novel, it's explained that one of the restaurant patrons was watching him in a way that made him think he was a bodyguard planted there by Sollozzo; making an immediate move would result in the assassination being foiled by the bodyguard.
The names, characterizations, and histories of various characters, including most of the Dons at the peace conference, are in the novel. Tom Hagen is a dignified mob lawyer. Vito makes a point in the novel about brains being better than brawn.
A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns. Tom actually considers being a mob lawyer to be the lesser of two evils. According to the novels, after graduation he got a job working for an auto company, where he was asked to do a cost-benefit analysis of a vehicle recall, weighing the cost of the recall against the cost of paying death benefits to the families of the projected casualties.
He submitted his report along with his resignation and went to work for Vito the next day, where any screwing over he had to do would be on those who took their chances and had it coming.
Enzo, an immigrant baker who Don Corleone was asked to help get married to his employer's daughter and thus become a citizen, shows up unexpectedly at the hospital he is being treated at - presumably to pay his respects to the ailing Don - the same night that his bodyguards are sent away; when Michael tells Enzo that danger is imminent, he bravely offers to stay and help guard the Don until reinforcements arrive.
His presence, along with Michael's, foils a second attempt on the Don's life. Just like in the real life mob world. Deaths, both major and minor, are swift and anti-climatic yet remain powerful.
By the end of the trilogy, very few main characters are left standing. Fanucci shows up with an unexplained big scar under his chin.
It originates from a deleted scene where Vito witnesses him being badly beaten by two thugs.Oct 13, · Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay, based on a fiction by Mario Puzo), Francis Ford Coppola (director) The Godfather / Suddenly in facing writing about one of my favorite films, The Godfather, I become stumped.
Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather () is among the best films ever produced. Consistently ranked as one of the top three films by the American Film institute, this gangster film sits among the likes of Citizen Kane (), Lawrence of Arabia (), and .
The film is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and won three Oscars. It was produced in and the main characters are Marlon Brando who is Vito Corleone and .
Coppola said that the scene from Godfather 3 with Michael on the bench at the end was going to be incorporated into the film. Michael would meet Vincent and give him some advice, and then die shortly after.
This was meant to mirror the scene from the first movie where Vito gave Michael advice and then died shortly after. "The only remarkable thing about Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part II" is the insistent manner in which it recalls how much better his original film was" Vincent Canby: The New York Times "It goes much deeper than 'The Godfather' in analyzing the twisted mentalities of these men who pervert the capitalist system for their own gain.
The part of the film dealing with Vito Corleone’s rise to become the don of his own crime family was adapted from the novel The Godfather, but Puzo and cowriter and director Francis Ford Coppola created the story of Michael’s journey into soullessness for the movie.