In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola gave us one of the most brilliant crime films of all time based on the novel by Mario Puzo, The Godfather. The film was about a war between 5 major mafia crime families, recognized as “The Five Families” namely, Corleone, Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo and Stracci. The Godfather holds an amazing 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes’, “Top 100 Movies of All Time” with 81 reviews, second to the film The Wizard of Oz (1939) with 105.
A truly remarkable work of Coppola with the dazzling performances of well-known actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and Dianne Keaton. The Godfather is something that will leave an exceptional point to each generation. It is a story about power, revenge, love and war.
After the request of the popular singer, Johnny Fontane, who happens to be Vito Corleone’s godson, to participate in a new movie, Tom Hagen (Vito Corleone’s consigliere) worked on convincing Jack Woltz, the Studio Head to secure the casting. The refusal of Woltz, and the attempt to convince the Don to invest in an emerging drug trade are the events that will trigger the beginning of the war for control in the middle of betrayals and several threats. Coppola’s description of New York, controlled by several Sicilian Mafia families is amazing in a manner that it all seemed real.
The Godfather is the kind of crime film that holds a special place in my heart for a simple reason that it taught me that “family” should protect and love each other- regardless. I first saw it with my father when I was 10 years old, and since then, it never ceases to remind and teach me the concept of families should stick together.
From the dazzling performances of its actors to the excellent score composed by Nino Rota, The Godfather, which is the highest grossing film of 1972, is a timeless work of art that demands to be watched, and the kind of “blockbuster” that belongs to the history of cinema as one of the most impressive movies ever made.