The Godfather from 1972 is still an incredible film over 40 years later. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and winner of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Mario Puzo’s Novel). It tells the story of the Corleone Family in the 1940s & 50s. and is considered one of the best films ever made.
We recently watched again The Godfather, The Godfather Part 2, and The Godfather Part 3. They are still gripping, suspenseful films with incredible performances by Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, and more.
And as with most great works of art, it starts with the story and the writing. The story is a crime drama, and yet themes of loyalty, friendship, trust, honor, family, duty, respect, and passion abound.
[to Rocco who has killed Paulie in the car]
Peter Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Michael: [speaking to Carlo] Only don’t tell me you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.
Calo: In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.
[speaking to himself, practicing his speech]
Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.
[then, starting over]