Godfather/the Godfather Part Ii

Godfather/the Godfather Part Ii

     
 

Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia killsSee more details below

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Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the local Black Hand Fanucci (Gastone Moschin) after he demands his customary cut of the tyro's business. With Fanucci gone, Vito's communal stature grows, but it is his family (past and present) who matters most to him -- a familial legacy then upended by Michael's (Al Pacino) business expansion in the 1950s. Now based in Lake Tahoe, Michael conspires to make inroads in Las Vegas and Havana pleasure industries by any means necessary. As he realizes that allies like Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) are trying to kill him, the increasingly paranoid Michael also discovers that his ambition has crippled his marriage to Kay (Diane Keaton) and turned his brother, Fredo (John Cazale), against him. Barely escaping a federal indictment, Michael turns his attention to dealing with his enemies, completing his own corruption.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
No. 1 with a bullet on many favorites lists, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather -- which is available, together with its sequels, in the deluxe Godfather DVD Collection -- revitalized the gangster film when it premiered in 1972. Even though it employed familiar character types and situations, Coppola painted a more vivid, realistic, and compelling portrait of Mob life than had ever been seen on screen before. Mario Puzo's pulpy, best-selling novel provided Coppola a broad canvas to work upon, but it was the director's embellishments that made the picture so vibrant. Marlon Brando, in his last truly memorable performance, assayed the role of aging, soft-spoken Mafia patriarch Don Corleone. And Al Pacino became an international star thanks to his portrayal of Michael, the youngest Corleone, a returning war hero reluctantly drawn into the family business following the brutal slaying of older brother Sonny (James Caan). Although epic in scope, The Godfather endures in part through throwaway lines that became part of the popular lexicon, such as, "We'll make him an offer he can't refuse. Images from the film linger on, such as the Hollywood producer awakening to find the severed head of his favorite horse in bed with him, a "message" one never forgets. The Godfather eschewed simplistic genre stereotypes in favor of naturalistic characterizations, thanks in great part to the film's extraordinary ensemble, including Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and Talia Shire. The director used violence sparingly, but was unstinting in depicting its savagery, and he orchestrated the operatic plot complications masterfully. Nearly three decades after its initial release, this unforgettable film remains the preeminent gangster film of the late 20th century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
UPC:
0032429096722
Source:
Paramount
Time:
6:19:00

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