In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola gave us the most brilliant crime film ever made, based on the novel by Mario Puzo: “The Godfather”. “The Godfather” is about a war between 5 major Mafia crime families, often recognized as the “Five Families”: Corleone, Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo and Stracci. The film currently holds an amazing 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes and 2nd place at IMDb’s Top 250 and it’s my pick for this week’s MUST!
A truly remarkable work of Coppola with dazzling performances of well-known actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, “The Godfather” is a film that you’ll never forget, a story of power, revenge and war among 5 major families that will do their best to gain control of New York City.
After the request of Johnny Fontane, Vito Corleone’s godson and a popular singer, to participate in a new movie, Tom Hagen (Vito’s consigliere) tries to convince Jack Woltz, the studio head, to secure the casting. The refusal of Woltz and the attempt to convince Vito Corleone to invest in an emerging drug trade are the events that will trigger the beginning of the war for control and in the middle of betrayals and several threats, the Corleone family will have to stick together and fight to protect what was once theirs. Coppola’s description of this New York controlled by several Sicilian Mafia families is amazing and it all seemed real. A crime film that left me speechless with a story about vengeance, treason, control and family bonds. “The Godfather” is a tragic crime story that impressed and shocked the audience worldwide. A powerful drama with a dazzling score composed by Nino Rota.
From the dazzling performances of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to a brutal tale about power and control, everything works perfectly in “The Godfather” and every single time I hear the main theme I can’t help but say the first lines of the movie.
“The Godfather” (the highest grossing film of 1972) is a timeless film that demands to be watched and a “blockbuster” that belongs to the history of cinema as one of the most impressive movies ever made. Powerful and outstanding, “The Godfather” received 3 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Marlon Brando’s captivating performance. Overall, “The Godfather” is, in my opinion, one of the few examples of movies that represent the concept of masterpiece.