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The Godfather (Film Review)

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The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy. Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola did the screenplay. The film stars Al Pacino and Marlon Brando as the main characters in the story.
Set in New York, Nevada and Sicily in the years between 1944 and 1955, the film follows the experiences of the family of Vito Corleone, the head of a powerful Mafia family in New York. In 1945, tycoon and drug dealer Sollozzo, with the backing of the Tattaglia family, asks for Vito’s backing through his connection with ...view middle of the document...

Michael returns to New York and with his father’s declining health, he takes command of the family, vowing to his wife to legitimate it within five years.
Michael intends to move the family’s operations to Nevada. He travels there to attempt to buy out one Moe Greene’s stake in his family’s casino business but Moe Greene promptly refuses, saying the Corleone family does not have as much leverage as it previously did. This infuriates Michael. Vito Corleone dies in 1955 and during his burial, one Tessio suggests a meeting between Michael and Don Barzini. Barzini is thought by the Corleones to have been behind the murder of Sonny. On the stipulated day of the meeting, assassins hired by the Corleone family assassinate all the other dons of New York , and Moe Greene as well. Tessio is made aware that Michael knows of his betrayal and toward the end of the film, he is taken away to be killed.
The film is marked by a plausible storyline propped by very convincing and believable performances on the part of the actors, particularly Al Pacino. The actors and the storyline are able to bring out the principal themes of the film: crime, corruption and materialism. Made in 1972, using several second unit shots, the film is in synchrony with...

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