The story spans the years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael, steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.
'The Godfather' (1972) retrospective
In a previous life, before what we could call, for want of a better word, my cinematic rebirth (or my Scorsese phase), I associated 'The Godfather' with bloodied silk sheets, the grisly image of a decapitated horse’s head and the visceral shrieks of a grown man that put Jamie Lee Curtis to shame.
Francis Ford Coppola's Making of 'The Godfather' Tome to Reach Shelves this November
Francis Ford Coppola's 720-page book detailing the making of The Godfather will be released this November. — Coppola wrote the at this time unpublished work prior to filming back in 1972. Titled 'The Godfather Notebook,' the intense creative process behind the film will be revealed. Incorporated will be notes and impressions of Mario Puzo's novel.
40 Years On: The Tug of War Between 'The Godfather' Parts I and II
Just over 40 years have ticked over since The Godfather Part II arrived, the sequel that followed two years later on the heels of the film that today is regarded as one of, if not the, greatest films of all time. Whether it achieves perfection, and whether perfection is possible in cinema, is up for debate, and always will be. The debate between which of the two is the greater film puts each one on a set of scales, and they tip either way depending on the conversation.