An Offer You Can’t Refuse
It is probably the most iconic and essential movie ever to be produced in the 1970s. In The Godfather, we have the New York-New Jersey world, ruled by five “families,” one of them headed by Brando. This is a world where emotional ties are strong, loyalties are somewhat more flexible at times, and tempers are short. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola with a golden cast of Hollywood’s finest, we follow the story of the great Corleone Family and the ins and outs of the Italian Mafia. Starring Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, we see his change from Golden Boy War Hero to infamous Godfather as he avenges the assassination attempt on his father, Don Vito Corleone after a bad deal with rival families.
Coppola masterfully balances the story between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo‘s best-selling novel, it won three Oscars for that year: Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and in the category Best Adapted Screenplay for Puzo and Coppola. Its nominations in seven other categories included Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director.
The Academy dropped the nomination for Nino Rota’s score after finding out key portions had been used previously in Eduardo De Filippo’s 1958 comedy Fortunella.