‘The Godfather’ and the Decline of Marlon Brando – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-10-09T08:50:58+01:00March 2nd, 2018|CINEMA|

Hurricane Marlon is sweeping the country, and I wish it were more than hot air. A tornado of praise—cover stories and huzzahs—blasts out the news that Brando is giving a marvelous performance as Don Corleone in The Godfather, the lapsed Great Actor has regained himself, and so on. As a Brando-watcher for almost 30 years, I’d like to agree.

THE GODFATHER: THE RESURRECTION OF DON BRANDO – Review by Richard Schickel

2018-02-03T19:23:51+00:00February 3rd, 2018|CINEMA|

There’s nothing fun or funny to be found here. It offers us only the absorption of good acting and good storytelling combined with a plausible anthropology of a strange, terribly relevant culture. What more could we possibly want from a movie? How often, these days, do we get anything like all that?

THE GODFATHER: HOW BRANDO BROUGHT DON CORLEONE TO LIFE – BY JOSEPH GELMIS

2020-05-02T12:23:10+01:00February 3rd, 2018|CINEMA|

And then there was Marion Brando, against all the odds, cast in one of filmdom’s juiciest roles, as mob chief Don Vito Corleone. He was eased in, despite stiff opposition from the studio brass, because of the advocacy of a thirtyish fan, Francis Ford Coppola, an Italian-American who happened to be the director of The Godfather. Once he got the part, Brando in turn helped Coppola maintain camaraderie during the frenzied three-month shooting by kibitzing with the cast and establishing a fatherly relationship.

THE GODFATHER: ALCHEMY – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-12-30T13:54:12+00:00December 30th, 2017|Uncategorised|

A wide, startlingly vivid view of a Mafia dynasty, in which organized crime becomes an obscene nightmare image of American free enterprise. The movie is a popular melodrama with its roots in the gangster films of the 30s, but it expresses a new tragic realism, and it's altogether extraordinary.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA INTERVIEW (1974) – by Marjorie Rosen [Film Comment]

2018-01-18T12:30:59+00:00December 20th, 2017|Uncategorised|

by Marjorie Rosen In Hollywood circles the adage, "You're as good as your last picture," holds more truth than is comfortable or healthy. It could also be why interviewing a director as the reviews for his latest opus are rolling in may either resemble a wake or a euphoric victory [...]

THE GODFATHER (1972) – Review by Andrew Sarris

2017-11-22T23:17:42+00:00November 22nd, 2017|CINEMA|

I am convinced that The Godfather could have been a more profound film if Coppola had shown more interest (and perhaps more courage) in those sections of the book which treated crime as an extension of capitalism and as the sine qua non of showbiz.

THE GODFATHER WARS – by Mark Seal

2017-09-17T14:37:39+01:00September 17th, 2017|CINEMA|

Mark Seal recalls how the clash of Hollywood sharks, Mafia kingpins, and cinematic geniuses shaped the Hollywood masterpiece 'The Godfather'