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Movie : The Godfather

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Movie opens in a comfortable  study.  An older man sits in a chair at a desk listening to another man asking for a favor.  The man sits at the desk petting a  cat taking in the other man’s  story of his daughter that was abused.  There are a few other men in the room also listening.  We hear a few more of these favors being asked from various men.  The man taking the requests is the Don, Vito Corleone, the Godfather.  He is the leader of a powerful Italian crime family.  It’s the day of his daughter Connie’s wedding.  We meet the rest of his children along with various other characters during the wedding.

We find out quickly that Corleone is a ruthless, no nonsense boss.  He is approached by Sollozzo, “The Turk” to back up his narcotics business.  The Don respectively declines.  This sends “The Turk” on the attack with an attempt on The Godfather’s life.  With the Don in the hospital another attempt is made on his life only to be thwarted by Michael, the youngest Corleone son.  After this “The Turk’ wants a peace knowing he can’t win this battle he’s started.  He sets up a meeting with the Corleone’s to work it out.  Michael, the reluctant brother is sent to the meet to kill Sollozzo and a crooked NYPD cop.  He accomplishes this and is then sent to Sicily until things cool off.  In the meantime the shit hits the fan and the crime families go to war.  Sonny Corleone, the oldest son is killed in the war.

The Don recovers and makes a temporary peace.  Michael returns from Sicily and takes leadership of the family with his father’s blessing.  He shows his father’s same cold -hearted ruthlessness and takes out the heads of the other families.

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Cincinnati Babyhead was swept up into this world.  Francis Ford Coppola makes a great film with attention to detail, adapting Mario Puzo’s novel.. He puts a lot of care into the film-making process, bringing all the elements together.  The look, the feel, performances, locations, music are all there.

 

Gordon Willis captures the directors vision with his cinematography.  Puts the viewer in the time and place.  The shots in Sicily are beautiful.  CB felt he’d experienced a slice of that country.

The performances are strong across the board.  James Caan, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, John Cazale ( CB fave ),  Al Lettieri  and a string of others.  CB really liked Pacino’s work in this film.  Understated and grounded.  Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone pulls off making you believe he’s Italian.  He brings truthfulness to the character.  Great performance.

So many great scenes.  Michael meeting Sollozzo in the restaurant is tense and well played.  Pacino, Sterling Hayden and Letteiri (another CB fave) pull off a gem.  Vitto in the garden with his grandson.  You feel like your watching a home movie.  Brando is great.

Lots to like in this film for a movie lover. Romanticized take on a violent world.  A good story that will engage you, there is a lot going on.  Great film experience.  But keep your head up.

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21 comments on “Movie : The Godfather

  1. Jim S.
    February 26, 2017

    Well, certainly my (and a lot of people’s) favorite movie of all time. Throw together 1 and 2 (3 not so much) and you have an incomparable masterpiece. The ’70’s were the last true Golden Era of moviemaking. It’s hard to appreciate today but back then studios were run by people who loved movies and were willing to give directors a little extra rope (with which some hung themselves.) Today it’s all faceless conglomerates. Their moviemaking section is probably 2% of their business.

    Don’t even get me started on all that. Anyway, one of the great ones. Will we ever see the likes of these on the big screen again? Or has the action all moved to HBO, Netflix and Amazon?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 26, 2017

      All I know Doctor is that a lot of really good flicks came out of this era and this was one of them. A lot has changed that’s for sure. Just look at the level of the performances of the actors involved in this film. No walk throughs or posing just solid pros bringing their best. A level of care that shows. (Over to ME for a look)

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  2. yeahanotherblogger
    February 27, 2017

    Coppola lost his magic touch after awhile. He made some great movies, but they were long ago. Still, a few of his flicks will live on as true classics.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 27, 2017

      Yes I agree. ‘The Conversation’ is a CB fave. I haven’t followed old Francis for years. Last movie he did that I enjoyed was ‘Tucker’. Thanks for chiming in Neil. Godfather is a good flick!

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  3. 1537
    February 27, 2017

    Nice one. I saw this again late last year with my son and we both loved it. You’re dead right, it is the way he creates a whole, believable, world in the movie that gets me.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 28, 2017

      Very cool that your son is seeing this kind of film-making and liking it. CB’s off spring are doing the same thing. On the reverse they have turned the old man onto some newer film makers. Win/win. Lots to like in ‘The Godfather’. Thanks for weighing in.

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  4. Jim S.
    February 28, 2017

    Should be Brasi

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 28, 2017

      So many memorable things about this flick. That’s one of the great quotes. How about when he’s practicing his speech before he gets to see Don Corleone at the wedding?

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      • Jim S.
        February 28, 2017

        I remember the scene, not so much the quotes. Is this the one where he said, “Don’t overcook the steak. It defeats its own purpose.” Oh, wait. That was Raging Bull. 😀

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 28, 2017

        All those films mix in the food angle. I love it and I love Italian cooking. Godfather has various “meal” scenes. We keep talking I’m gonna watch the movie AGAIN!

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      • Jim S.
        February 28, 2017

        I’ll save you the trouble. Here’s Clemenza’s meatball scene: (Was this one or two?)

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 28, 2017

        That’s great Jim. Clemenza is all about the food. One or two?

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      • Jim S.
        February 28, 2017

        Sorry. Is that scene from the 1st or 2nd movie? Can’t remember.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 28, 2017

        1st. Castellano as Clemenza was great casting. No acting involved. You cast guys like that and 1/2 your works done. CB made Chile today, Clemenza style. (I’ll be over for a ME visit in a couple days. I’m just about caught up).

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  5. greenpete58
    February 28, 2017

    The casting in this movie was perfect. It launched Al Pacino’s career and capped Marlon Brando’s brilliant career. “Leave the gun, take the cannoli!”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 28, 2017

      When you think about it the casting is unbelievable. Not just the leads but all the supporting roles as well. So many good performances. I love that line. Clemenza was like a favorite uncle a twisted uncle. Good one Pete.

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  6. dcw0731
    March 3, 2017

    I remember seeing this in the movie theater when I was around 10. My grandma had come down for a few days and mom thought it would be a great movie to take her and us kids to. Main memory I have is grandma saying as we walked out that my young ears shouldn’t have heard that type of language. If she only knew!!! On a side note I loved the shit out of this one.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 3, 2017

      Thanks for chiming in with that great memory. Love those kinds of stories. It’s always about the “swearing” with grandmas. It’s ok that they massacred Sonny or strangled somebody until his eyes popped out as long as they don’t swear when they do it. Great stuff.

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