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The transformation of Michael Corleone from returning war hero to organized crime kingpin is one of the central themes of the “Godfather” trilogy. When we first meet him he is attending his brother’s wedding and has no plans to become part of the Corleone criminal empire. It’s clear that he loves his family, yet by the end of the second movie he is ordering the execution of his brother.

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Marlon Brando As Don Vito Corleone In “The Godfather”

In “The Godfather” (1972), a crime epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola and set in the 1940′s and 1950′s, Marlon Brando delivers a performance for the ages. He plays the powerful but aging New York Mafia patriarch Vito Corleone. Despite having made his fortune in organized crime, Corleone lives according to a strict code of ethics. He believes in loyalty, in acting “like a man” (not crying, for Read the rest of this entry »

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“The Godfather” films are known for their deep, well drawn characters. The films humanize their mobster characters without excusing their actions. In the original film, Marlon Brando delivers an unforgettable performance as Vito Corleone, the don, or leader, or the Corleone mob organization. Vito is a doting dad who loves his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He is also the head of a violent criminal syndicate. This dichotomy is one of the most fascinating elements of the “Godfather” films. Vito’s son, Michael, later becomes the head of the family. Michael is even more ruthless than his father. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where were you when the final Godfather film was released? If you’re anything like me, you weren’t very old. Certainly not old enough to see it and, again if you are like me, you probably never got a chance to catch up. That’s the beauty of living in a time with Direct tv and the internet – it’s not super hard to catch up.

The Godfather III marked the end to one of the most critically-acclaimed trilogies ever to make it out of a Hollywood. Yeah, sure, you had Star Wars, but the Godfather was a gripping trilogy that had no equal. If you are looking for an accurate approximation nowadays, you could easily say that the Godfather trilogy was the Breaking bad of the late 80s and early 90s.

There is so much to love about the Godfather III. The acting was phenomenal and Al Pacino was just dynamite as were some of the returning stars of the film. Not to mention you had the great and esteemed Francis Ford Coppola returning to his magnum opus for one last hurrah.

And that’s really what the film feels like. A last hurrah. A big finish and something truly worthy of the name Godfather.

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Movies, especially those of a certain caliber, have a tendency to embed themselves into the American consciousness. The Godfather is perhaps one of the best examples of the cinema industry altering not only the general perspective of American society, but society itself.

The American mafia, before The Godfather, was a loosely affiliated crime organization primarily composed of uneducated but ambitious criminals. As viewed by the American public, the American mafia was nothing more than a group of thugs running Read the rest of this entry »

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The Godfather Classic Movie series hosted some of the biggest names in Hollywood. From Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone –the Godfather, to Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen the “adopted son”, Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone, who played the “Godfather’s” namesake son, James Caan as Santino “Sonny” Corleone, and Robert DeNiro as Young Vito Corleone, the young son of the “Godfather”.. These men went on to become some of the top male actors in Hollywood’s history. The two leading ladies of the series have become top rated actresses as well, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Godfather movie series is based on the novel series of the same name. The story follows the lives of a Sicilian crime family. The Godfather, Vito Corleone – also known as The Don or Don Corleone – has protected his youngest son, Michael Corleone, from the family business. However, crime and dishonor bring Michael into the family business, and once he arrives, he never leaves, at least not until the final installment of The Godfather movie series.

The first installment of the series introduces the characters in modern day, giving Read the rest of this entry »

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There is no question that The Godfather Movie Series in itself has become a cultural icon. These well scripted, well-acted films bring to life a world of crime, violence and greed yet manage to involve some sense of honor.

The famous Corleone family has become a cult classic for some and at least recognized buy most Americans. The first film was introduced to the world in 1972 where the average American was introduced to Hollywood’s most infamous crime family. The film has become the predecessor to Read the rest of this entry »

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The Godfather movie series is widely considered to be one of the most popular movie series of all time. If you have seen the films over and over, you might consider yourself to be a Godfather expert. However, here are some facts about casting that even the most rabid Godfather fan might find surprising. There was plenty of controversy surrounding the casting of the main roles in The Godfather. Marlon Brando played the role of Vito Corleone, much to the chagrin of Burt Lancaster, http://directtelevisionpackages.com/, who wanted the role but was not considered for it.Additional information can be found at http://www.avclub.com/articles/ed-falco-the-family-corleone,75378/. Orson Welles, Richard Conte, Danny Thomas, Anthony Quinn and several other actors were considered by Paramount before the role was offered to Brando. There was also controversy surrounding the director of the original The Godfather in 1972. The film was a huge career-builder for Francis Ford Coppola, but he was not the first director approached to lead the film. Sergio Leone was originally offered the position of director. He turned it down since he thought it was not interesting enough and glorified the behavior of the Mafia. Leone later regretted this decision, but found fame on his own by directing Once Upon a Time in America.

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