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The Godfather (Widescreen Edition)
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A few little things in the film are notable for me in
clarifying the contradictory personalities of the characters.
(1) In the scene where Sonny smashes the camera of the
man photographing the vehicles parked at his sister's
wedding, he throws down a couple of bills to the photographer
as he is walking away. Sonny may be violent, but he
isn't a thief!
(2) In the scene at the beginning where singer Johnny
Fontaine is complaining about his problems to Vito
Corleone, Corleone tells Johnny that he is too thin
and should eat more. It is touching how this mafia
don who has people "rubbed out" is concerned about
the health of his friend like a Jewish mother.
(3) When Clemenza kills his co-worker Pauley, he
tells the fellow who actually did the shooting
to "leave the gun and take the cannoli" which he
promised to bring to his wife as he was leaving
for "work" that day. A concientious husband! (and
(4) Michael, at the end of the film, chews his wife
out for asking about his "personal business". Finally,
he gives in and tells her....a lie, that he didn't
rub out Carlo, his brother-in-law. Didn't he think
she knew what was really going on? And why does
she keep playing along with the lie? Everyone is
really lying to themselves and continuing with the
(5) When the heads of the "five families" get together
to regulate the narcotics trade, they agree that it
shouldn't be sold near schools. That, presumably,
wouldn't be moral or ethical, but selling it elsewhere
would be ? (or is it they are being pragmatic and think
that the authorities won't
crack down on them if they sell somewhere else).
There are many worthy issues to remark. The first of them was the superb approach and conception given to this complex and even fascinating world of the mob.
Until this movie; no other one had made such analytical surgeon, with so deep gaze. The camera (with a photography which reminds us to Visconti in several dramatic sequences) establishes as another actor.
The amazing cast was another cosmical achievement. Coppola has always had that hunter smell for the outstanding actors.
What can we add to the unforgettable performance of Marlon Brando? . More than acting Brando established a landmark; he became in a model for this role.
But the emerging talents such as Robert de Niro , James Caan, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton and the young raising promise as Al Pacino who had revealed the year before with Serpico, looks like they had established a unspoken commitment, not only with the directorial code, but with themselves.
The flow of the story follows the same model as a Symphony in four movements. Coppola will never be effectist with the action sequences; he makes that you feel as logical and the use of the music looks like a voice in off, which makes as a natural link for the work in progress.
There are, at least five unforgettable sequences in this legend movie. This work from its release, became in a reference film.
Watch it and you'll be always rewarded over and over.
An eternal triumph in the story of the cinema.
Marlon Brando fully deserved his Academy Award for his performance as Vito Corleone, the head of the powerful Corleone family in NYC. This was also the movie to skyrocket Al Pacino to the top as Michael Corleone who takes charge of the family when everything begins to go wrong. The impressive cast includes James Caan as the hot-tempered Sonny, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, Richard Castellano as Clemenza, Diane Keaton as Kay Adams, and Sterling Hayden as corrupt cop, Captain McCluskey. The movie also stars John Marley, Abe Vigoda, Al Lettieri, Talia Shire, and Richard Conte. The DVD offers a great-looking widescreen presentation and commentary from director Francis Ford Coppola. Releasing the movie like this without the second two movies in the series was a great idea. The other two movies are good, but nowhere near as good as the original Godfather. For one of the best movies ever to come out of Hollywood, check out The Godfather!
Most recent customer reviews
There is simply no other way to make 3 hours go by this quickly. Unless you're watching The Godfather Part II of course.Published on Jan. 3 2011 by Jimbo Jones
I can only add my voice to the many who were disappointed by the DVD transfer. How can you mess up one of the best movies of the last half century? Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I never saw the movie before because I have no interest in "the Mob", New York, or gang politics. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by K. Gittins
I have just viewed this movie for the first time, and for the life of me, I don't know what all the hype has been about. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by kiki-knows-best
I think that if I was born fifteen to twenty years earlier and saw the Godfather when it first in theatres, I would have loved it. Read morePublished on July 11 2004
For years my friends have told me how great this movie was. I hear the cliche "Make him an offer he can't refuse" used time after time. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Pha-Q
The Godfather defines the mafia gangster genre, and I finally got around to watching it after all these years. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Bill Garrison
I must congratulate those who placed this at #3 in the Top 100 American Films. It is indeed a timeless story, and chances are it will be spoken of for decades to come. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Nobody
From begining to end, this movie is loaded with great performances and outstanding direction. They try to make 'em like this and come up short all the time! Keep this in mind. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by smoothjazzandmore