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April 13, 2007

Movies: The Godfathers I, II, & III



The Godfathers I, II, & III
Directed by Francis Ford Copolla
Screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Copolla
Starring Marlon Brando (I), Al Pacino (I-III), Robert DeNiro (II), Robert Duvall (I-II), Diane Keaton (I-III), James Caan (I)

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

I wanted to end my blog with the greatest movies of all time, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and you guessed it, The Godfather: Part III.  This trilogy is truly the epitome of filmmaking.  With The Godfathers, Francis Ford Copolla proves that he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, filmmaker of all time.  The Godfather is about the rise and fall of the Italian mob family, The Corleones.  With such a simple plot, Copolla is able to create a masterful trilogy.  The trilogy begins with the Don Vito Corleone (Brando) as the “Godfather,” the head of the Italian mob.   Part I establishes the dangerous life of a mob family and the importance of family ties.  It shows the respect and power of the Godfather along with his compassion.  Part II moves along to the next Godfather of the Corleone family, Michael Corleone (Pacino).  Michael initially unwillingly accepts the role of Godfather, but eventually realizes he is perfect for this role and must do so in reverence of his family name.  Part II also shows a series of flashbacks of a young Don Vito Corleone (DeNiro).  From this, we understand how the Coreleone’s came to be such a powerful and well respected family. Part III concludes this well established trilogy by truly showing the will and sternness it takes to be the Godfather.  A much older Michael Coreleone struggles to do what his father did so well, maintain the respect of his family, friends, and enemies.  Part III is not the downfall of the Corleones which is what many people perceive it to be but is actually the beginning of a new chapter that takes the cold-heartedness of a mob family to the next level.

Of course my one paragraph synopsis of all three films does not do any justice to the trilogy but the cast and director speak for themselves.  On top of having one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Copolla, the main cast consists of all Academy Award nominees, and many even winners.  The Godfather, established these actors’ careers and made them who they are today, especially DeNiro and Pacino.  There is yet to be a trilogy that can be compared to the likes of the Godfather.  Trilogies today, and even back then, were glamorized by the use of special effects, such as Star Wars, Matrix, and The Lord of the Rings.  Don’t get me wrong, I like those movies, but those movies are popularized for their special effects.  The Godfathers contains no such use of special effects.  It is considered a classic because it relies on the actors, the filmmaker, and well written story, nothing more, not flying spacecrafts, slow motion martial arts, or talking Orks.  Audiences can take the Godfather as it is and not have to be wooed by the use of today’s special effects. 

The Godfather trilogy is ten plus hours long, but I will guarantee you that it will be the ten best hours that you have ever spent watching a film.  This blog does no justice to the films so you need to just go out and see it for yourselves.

Posted by vatran at April 13, 2007 11:16 AM

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