Tuesday, 29 September 2009

An offer I couldn't refuse...

.....was the opportunity to see The Godfather on the big screen last night.
So I adjusted my fedora, stuck my hand deep into my trenchcoat pocket to make it look like I was packing some heat, and caught the "L" downtown to the local movie emporium, avoiding cops and mooks on the way.
Anyway, back in the real world, The Godfather is one of my favourite movies of all time. An absolute masterclass in acting, direction, cinematography, music, you name it...
It was a treat to see the film on a cinema screen as originally intended, with all the wonderful detail of Coppola's compositions on display.
And what a cast! Marlon Brando, Al Pacino ( should've got the Oscar! ), James Caan, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, the list goes on.
And not forgetting Francis Ford Coppola, without whom etc. etc. Working under extreme pressure from the studio, under constant threat of replacement, fighting to use his personal choice of actors, Coppola took Mario Puzo's pulpy novel and turned it into an epic view of the dark side of 20th century America.

5 comments:

That Baldy Fella said...

I have a confession to make. I've seen the Godfather (many years ago) but I've never watched Godfather Part II. I own it but I've still never watched it. Shameful, I know.

cerebus660 said...

Baldy, see me after class.....

( Now where did I put that cane? )

pete doree said...

I now can't think of this film without seeing the scene in Family Guy where they're all about to drown, and to the astonishment of all Peter admits that: 'Neh, never cared for it. Just didn't do it for me...'

wiec? said...

never saw part 3 but the first 2 are awesome. i'm saw them both once and i'm sort of saving them. i don't want to play them out.

i bought Puzo's book at the flea market many moons ago and never read it. maybe i'll start it on a long flight.

cerebus660 said...

Pete, thanks for commenting. Have to admit I never watch Family Guy, so I don't have that association.

Wiec, Part III is... well, it's sort of OK, I suppose. But with no Brando, Duvall or Caan it's left to Pacino to carry the film. A definite case of too little, too late.

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