Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather, 1972 (still); image: courtesy Deadshirt

Film

The Godfather

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

“A wide, startlingly vivid view of a Mafia dynasty, in which organized crime becomes an obscene nightmare image of American free enterprise. The movie is a popular melodrama with its roots in the gangster films of the thirties, but it expresses a new tragic realism, and it’s altogether extraordinary.”
— Pauline Kael, The New Yorker



Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1972
Running time: 175 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Cinematographer: Gordon Willis
Editors: William Reynolds, Peter Zinner
Print Source: Swank Motion Pictures


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