Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.
- Marlon Brando came with the idea of interpreting Vito Corleone like a bulldog. Francis Ford Coppola went to Brando's house to do a test for the role and it is during that visit that Brando put some
Francis Ford Coppola, from the 2017 Tribeca film festival Godfather reunion: "He came out of his bedroom, early in the morning, he was a beautiful man. He had long blonde hair. He had a Japanese robe on. Not a word spoken. He saw me there. He saw there was a camera. And he took his hair and he rolled it up with shoe polish on it and he put his shirt on. And started bending the collar. 'They always have the collars bent, you know.' (..) And then he took some paper and stuffed it in his jaws and he said 'He should be like a bulldog' and he also said 'he was shot in the throat.' And he started turning into the character."
- Lenny Montana, playing the role of Luca Brasi, knew the world of mafia quite well. Coppola: "There is a scene where he puts out a gun and he puts bullets and spins it. (...) 'Can you do that?' And he said: 'Are you kidding?'.
He obviously knew how to do it.
- When James Caan threw Gianni Russo into the garbage can, Russo allegedly broke two ribs and cracked his elbow.
One of the best movies of all time
By Jack Anderson on September 8, 2017
The Godfather is often referred as the best film of all time. And this is no coincidence. The movie is the ultimate perfection from the very first second to the last. It is magnificent and I am in loss of words to describe how much I love this film. But I'll try anyway...
Even before the acting, the casting was marvellous. Every single character is beautifully cast. Marlon Brando is giving a performance of a lifetime. Coppola explains that Brando, known to be a method-actor, actually came up with many physical aspects of the character on his own. Coppola went to Brando's house one day, and Brando put some gomina into his hair, then some paper tissue into his mouth and started to talk in the way that is known universally known as the mafia's way. As Coppola explained, Brando became Don Vito Corleone in front of him. That's History right here.
Meanwhile, Al Pacino was a very difficult choice, as the Paramount studio was actually against him. The way Al Pacino is portraying his character is extremely courageous. His performance is very serious, almost numb. But boy does it work!
The music from Nino Rota is providing a perfect atmosphere to the film. At times, the music is very upbeat, like a waltz. And later, it becomes extremely dark, but always with a touch of classical romance.
My favourite movie of all time. I give it 10 out of 10.