In Italian: Molto bene.
The Godfather, as described perfectly in You've Got Mail, is a man's "I Ching." It is the source of all knowledge. As a guy once told me as I was renting The Rocky Horror Picture Show, "You're not a man until you see this movie."
One of the jewels in the crown of the 70s cinema (as some describe it, the Golden Decade), The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family. Itialian immigrants, caring people, and mafioso. From the first frame in which you see Marlon Brando's face lit from in front and above like a dark angel to the last frame of the last film in which Al Pacino's wineglass falls out of his hand as he slumps, the family gone and destroyed, The Godfather is the holy trinity of mob films. Every film after it has its influences in it, and, much like some people look towards the Star Wars trilogy for an answer to every question, many people do so for The Godfather.
As scary as it is intelligent, as funny as it is touching, The Godfather is a prime example of the way cinema should be: excellent telling of complete stories. It is the film to top all films, one of the finest motion pictures not only of our time but of any time. As trite as all of these labels may sound, they are true. The Godfather has already stood the test of a quarter century, which equates to a quarter of the history of film. It will stand the test of time as time continues to plod on. As long as they teach cinema, they will teach The Godfather.
And it's been a long, long time, but The Godfather is finally out on DVD. Or DVDs, I should say -- this boxed set of the entire series comprises five discs. By my calculation, if you add up the movies, their commentary tracks, and the bonus materials, you're looking at a solid 24 hours of Godfather. Amazingly, almost all of that 24 hours is pretty good stuff. Copolla's commentaries on his three films are the highlights, but aficionados will dig the copious documentary features and about an hour's worth of deleted scenes (arranged chronologically). Admittedly, these aren't the best clips (those can be found in the movie...), but they put a lot of scenes in context and add even more depth to the richness of the trilogy.
Continued in The Godfather Part II.
Run time: 175 mins
In Theaters: Friday 24th March 1972
Box Office Worldwide: $245.1M
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Alfran Productions
Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
IMDB: 9.2 / 10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Starring: Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, James Caan as Santino 'Sonny' Corleone, Richard S. Castellano as Pete Clemenza, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, Sterling Hayden as Capt. Mark McCluskey, John Marley as Jack Woltz, Richard Conte as Emilio Barzini, Al Lettieri as Virgil 'Der Türke' Sollozzo, Diane Keaton as Kay Adams, Abe Vigoda as Salvatore "Sally" Tessio, Talia Shire as Connie Corleone Rizzi, Gianni Russo as Carlo Rizzi, John Cazale as Fredo Corleone, Rudy Bond as Carmine Cuneo, Al Martino as Johnny Fontane, Morgana King as Mama Corleone, Lenny Montana as Luca Brasi, John Martino as Paulie, Salvatore Corsitto as Bonasera, Alex Rocco as Moe Greene, Tony Giorgio as Bruno Tattaglia, Victor Rendina as Philip Tattaglia, Simonetta Stefanelli as Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone, Saro Urzì as Vitelli, Sofia Coppola as Baby in baptism scene, Louis Guss as Don Zaluchi, Gabriele Torrei as Enzo, the baker
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with...
With a spectacular setting and two solid actors on-screen, this thriller builds enough solid suspense...
Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...
Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's...
Loose and impressionistic, this beautifully shot film traces the career of a DJ who pioneered...
Without a single moment of originality, this found-footage horror movie really deserves to be the...
An intriguing premise keeps the audience gripped for about 20 minutes before the movie runs...