U.S., 1972, 177 min, 35mm, Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, Rated R, Paramount Pictures
“The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
In 1972, Paramount Pictures would test its patience with a group of unlikely artists at the helm of a production which would later become of the greatest cinematic achievements in history. The Godfather, widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, found an unlikely director in Francis Ford Coppola. The relatively unknown filmmaker famously struggled with his studio counterpart to cast the rebellious acting phenom, Marlon Brando, and juxtapose the brilliant thespian with then-unknown actor Al Pacino. The only person the studio didn’t combat Coppola on was renowned cinematographer Gordon Willis, who originally rejected offers to shoot the film after claiming the production seemed “chaotic.” Thankfully, Coppola changed his mind. Willis’ addition would prove beyond significant, resulting in a groundbreaking use of low-light and underexposed film techniques that brought Coppola's story softly into the light of cinematic history. The Godfather was awarded the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted screenplay; though the lack of Best Director is significant, Coppola would eventually snag the statue in what is often considered the superior film, The Godfather, Part II.
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