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Most Fascinating Documentary on the Making of the Godfather

Most Fascinating Documentary on the Making of the Godfather –

Fascinating documentary on The Godfather trilogy, featuring interviews with actors and directors including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan and Francis Ford Coppola.

Since its release, The Godfather has received global acclaim from critics. One of Hollywood’s greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema.

Movie critic Gene Siskel gave The Godfather 4 out of 4 stars.
Director Stanley Kubrick believed that The Godfather was possibly the greatest movie ever made, and had without question the best cast. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times praised the film, stating that Brando’s performance was a “skillful throwaway”, with his movements “deliberately lacking precision” and his voice “wheezy”, with the effect of a man “so accustomed to power that he no longer needs to remind others”. ┬áThe Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris believed Brando portrayed Vito Corleone well and that his character dominated each scene he appeared in, but felt Puzo and Coppola had the character of Michael Corleone too focused on revenge.. Desson Howe of the Washington Post believed that Coppola deserves most of the credit for a movie which is a “jewel”. For Vincent Canby of the New York Times, Coppola created one of the “most brutal and moving chronicles of American life” that “transcends its immediate milieu and genre”.

Remarking on the 40th anniversary of the film’s release, film critic John Podhoretz praised The Godfather as “arguably the great American work of popular art” and “the summa of all great moviemaking before it”. Two years before, Roger Ebert wrote in his journal that it “comes closest to being a film everyone agrees… is unquestionably great”.

The soundtrack’s main theme by Nino Rota was also critically acclaimed; the main theme (“Speak Softly Love”) is well-known and widely used.

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