It’s Father’s Day…so why not talk about the film with the ultimate father figure…and the father of modern cinema itself…Francis Ford Coppola’s undisputed masterpiece!!
No more can be said about The Godfather that hasn’t already been said over the past 43 years since its original release, but I’m going to try. The Godfather gives us some of the most memorable movie characters in history and arguably, THE most memorable and most worldly recognised in Don Vito Corleone. Vito Corleone, expertly played by the legendary Marlon Brando, his defining role in history, is the perfect mix of ruthless businessman and loyal family man…a family that consists of sons: Santino ‘Sonny’ (James Caan), Fredo (John Cazale), Michael (Al Pacino), adoptive son, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) and daughter, Connie (Talia Shire)!!
With actors such as these, of course the performances are incredible. Everyone in the film gives a fantastic performance, regardless of how big or small their part may be. Moving on from actors and performances, the cinematography of the film is also beautiful, stunning…something that really immerses a viewer in the film. It isn’t of course just these two aspects that make this film great though. Coppola’s direction with this multiple Oscar Winner and its multiple Oscar winning sequel (not so much Part 3), is his mark in history. The 1970’s were a remarkable time for this great director…he could do no wrong.
The story, adapted from Mario Puzo’s novel, is enthralling and I’m sure that 99% of you are aware of it…but for that 1% who have never seen this film, I’m not here to judge…but come on…what have you been doing!? Put down whatever you’re doing and go and watch it by any means neccesary. A life is not complete having not watched The Godfather and whilst, unlike many, I don’t consider it my all time favourite, it is undeniable that it is one of the greatest pieces of cinematic art that has ever been produced…I told you I’d try and say something different!
I could go on and on about each individual character, scene, plot device and so on but I don’t want this to be too long so I’ll start to wrap it up. The Godfather incorporates some of the greatest and most well known quotes in the history of film…even familiar to those who haven’t seen it – ‘I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse’ – probably the most famous, along with – ‘A man who doesn’t spend time with his family, can never be a real man’ – which nicely ties in to the idea of the ultimate father figure on Father’s Day.
Everything about The Godfather is to be remembered…it’s just one of those films that come out maybe once a decade if that, that are instant greats and deserve their plaudits for decades and perhaps centuries to come…this is definitely one I love!
One downside to the release of The Godfather…it prompted many disastrous and occasionally offensive impressions of the great Don Vito that you just cannot get away from…no matter how hard you try.
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Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and father figures around the world!!
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