Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Godfather (1972)

*****
USA

It's not a perfect film. Women barely get a word in, the sound recording is paltry, and the whole thing reeks of the 70s when it's meant to be set in the 40s. It's a flawed film. But it's a great film. It boasts cracking dialogue, grand performances and several of the most creative depictions of violence committed to screen. It features so many intensely thrilling moments, it's practically made up of them. They blur into each other. The whole thing becomes one three-hour-long intensely thrilling moment.

dir: Francis Ford Coppola
wr: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
ph: Gordon Willis
ed: William H. Reynolds, Peter Zinner, Marc Laub, Murray Solomon
m: Nino Rota
cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Richard Castellano, Diane Keaton, Richard Conte, Talia Shire, John Cazale

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