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  • Well, I believe all (at least most) of you know or even watched the movie already
  • So, I think it will be too long and superfluous to include its synopsis here LOL
  • Anyway, in my opinion, the secret of success of this movie is the collaboration between Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando
  • I like the scene where the Don conducted a meeting amongst the mafia families

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      The Godfather (part 1) is one of a few movies I watched several times, besides Kramer vs Kramer, Accidental Hero, Heat, Ronin, Cape Fear, Taxi Driver, The Untouchable, Rain Man, The Deer Hunter and…uhm, Entrapment (What? It is an entertaining movie, isn’t it?).

      Based on the novel of notable author Mario Puzo, The Godfather is considered as the crowning achievement of Francis Ford Coppola’s career as a director. It is also ranked as the second greatest film in American Cinema History (considered the greatest is “Citizen Kane”).In addition, awarded three Academy Awards for best picture, best actor in leading role (Marlon Brando) and best adapted screenplay (Coppola and Puso), this movie also successfully transformed the then-unknown Al Pacino into a Hollywood legend.

      Well, I believe all (at least


      most) of you know or even watched the movie already. So, I think it will be too long and superfluous to include its synopsis here LOL. Moreover you can find it everywhere by googling it.

      Anyway, in my opinion, the secret of success of this movie is the collaboration between Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando. Coppola is always my favorite director. He usually directs “director oriented” movies, not “actor oriented” ones. Most his movies are so well directed that they will still be good movies regardless the casting. Like in “Bram Stocker’s Dracula”. I guess the roles can be performed by any skilled actors and it will still be a worth-seeing movie with an equal quality. But The Godfather is a special case. I think its ...


      • quality will be greatly affected without Brando performing Don Corleone, despite the fact that he was not the first choice of Paramount for this role. Brando succeeded to live this godfather. He was genius in performing a charismatic and authoritative Don which is physically weak, moving slowly, speaking unclearly. I like the scene where the Don conducted a meeting amongst the mafia families. Moderating the meeting with soft unclear voice and frugally simple gestures, he managed to show the others that he is still The Godfather and nobody can despise him. My other favorite scene is his last conversation with Michael when he was at death’s door, worrying if Michael is ready to handle their family business. He succeeded to perform a restless father concerning Michael’s readiness
        without verbally expressing it. It is obvious that Brando dived into the depth of Vito’s personality. And don’t forget how natural he performed a loving grandfather, scaring his grandson with an orange, and how he laughed when his grandson cried out of fear. Any skilled actors can perform in a dramatic scenes well. But living a usual scenes of daily events and putting deep meaning in it, with exactly measured emotion and feeling; only a genius like Brando can do that.

        So, his being awarded the Academy Award for best actor is unquestionable. But I wonder why the Academy Award for best director didn’t go to Coppola, despite his remarkable achievement in directing this movie. How can a film be a best film without being best directed?




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