1972 • The Godfather

The Godfather

Best of the best so far?

It took me three tries, but Lauren and I finally made it through The Godfather, the 1972 winner of the Best Picture, and the #2 movie on AFI’s 100 Movies list.  The first time we started watching, it was well past 9pm and I fell asleep on the couch after 30 minutes.  Eleven days later we tried again, and this time I fell asleep after 22 minutes.  Lauren finished the movie, but I had to watch it on a Saturday morning to avoid drowsing off.

There’s not much one can say about The Godfather that hasn’t already been said hundreds of times before. What I can say is thank you to Wikipedia for providing a detailed plot that kept me tuned in to what was happening, and also thank you for closed captioning so I could understand what was being said!  Because of these two factors, I was able to understand what was going on most of the time.

Obviously, excellent acting by Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and everyone else. I was surprised just how many big names there were in the movie, and even more surprised how many other big name actors auditioned and were turned down.  I hear it was director Coppola who pushed for then-unknown Al Pacino to play the role of Michael Corleone, and was so adamant about it that he nearly walked out on the film until the studio caved.

Like so many of the other Best Picture winners from this era, there were dozens of moments from the movie that had been spoofed by TV shows or movies countless times before.  My favorite such moment was the severed horse head in the bed which was parodied on The Simpsons.  That scene was certainly the most memorable of the entire movie, in my opinion, especially when I found out that was a real horse head obtained from a dog food company.

I can’t say much else about this masterpiece.  Excellent all-around movie.  Lauren and I are skipping over 1973’s The Sting so we can watch 1974’s The Godfather: Part II in succession.  We’re also going to go right into Part III once we’re finished with that, though many say the third movie only tarnished the legacy.  Anyway, I ranked The Godfather third on the list to this point, trailing only The Best Years of Our Lives and The Sound of Music.

1 Comment

  1. Its nice to see the reviews of all the oscar best picture.Good work! 🙂

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