A Summary and Review of The Godfather

A Summary and Review of The Godfather

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  1. The Godfather is a classic film based on Mario Puzo’s novel, and is both written and directed by
    Francis Ford Coppola. It offers a much deeper exploration of The Mafia or organizaed crime than
    ever potrayed in film before. So much that the words ”mafia” or ”mob” are not even mentioned
    at all, simply referred to as ”the family”. It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan,
    Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton, remaining a classic forty years later.

     At The Academy Awards, the film took home Best Picture, and Francis Ford Coppola was awarded an
    Oscar for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Marlon Brando also took home the award for Best
    Actor, yet controversy erupted when he refused to attend and got Native American activist Sacheen
    Littlefeather to represent him instead. On his behalf, she made statements, both onstage and to
    the press, regarding The Wounded Knee Incident and the misrepresentation of American Indians in
    film and television.

     Paramount has no plans to remake this film whatsoever, just as the case with with Chinatown and
    Citizen Kane (now held by Warner Bros.). While many older films get remade, these films areconsidered classics by both filmgoers and studios alike. To try and remake them would be similar to
    a comic book artist trying to do ”modern day” interpretations of Picasso or DaVinci. Same with a
    rock band covering Beethoven or Mozart compositions. It should never be put in the hands of Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez (both talented filmmakers in their own right), Puzo and Coppola’s vision of this masterpiece is as fine as it is.

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