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01 // The Godfather (1972)

Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall

Summary: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son (from

- Interesting mix of Italian music and "contemporary" (for the time anyway) music. Whenever dealing with the business, Italian music was used but outside the Corleone houses, 50s music would play. It sort of gave this really strong family loyalty sense.

- Great sequence of when Michael becomes a godfather. There were just really great montages included in that scene involving the scene at the church.

- I loved all the performances by Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall. They give such depthness to their characters (especially Pacino), it makes you remember why they're great.

- The shot with the lighting on Caan's face was really cool when the narcotics guy was telling him Don Corleone was deal. The way it was half light, half dark - it kind of gave me the idea they were trying to sort of symbolize hope.

- Everyone talks about how great Marlon Brando is, but I felt that this performance was only all right. I was way too distracted by the way he talked (stupid cotton balls). However, I do like his interpretations of a mob boss, being so calm and collected. It gave a sort of humanizing aspect to the Don. I just really enjoyed the fact that he never seemed to yell or get viciously angry and he let his henchmen do the work.

- "Leave the guns. Take the cannoli."

Bottom Line: Great movie, phenomenal performances but in the end, you really have to be in the mood for it.
Rating: 4/5
Tags: the godfather
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