Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top 100 Tuesday #2 - The Godfather

The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration Giftset (The Godfather / The Godfather Part II / The Godfather Part III) [Blu-ray]
The Godfather (1972)

Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
James Caan
Richard S. Castellano
Robert Duvall

If you've watched this movie, post your thoughts in the comments and link back to your blog and any review you may have written. If you choose not to watch, you can write about why.

Next Tuesday...Casablanca


  1. I thought the acting was great, but the topic was irredeemable. My father and sister love this movie, for different reasons.

    I think Dad likes the intrigue and well-told story. Sister likes the dedication to family.

    Personally, I thought the story was interesting, but honestly, I just don't "get" anything out of glorifying criminals.

  2. I think the movie is perfectly made in its attention to detail and music and costume and I think it makes a great point about villains: Bad people don't think they're bad. Don Vito believed he was a loving father who was gentle with that tomcat in the opening scene and his grandson in the orchard at the very end.

    But, like another Pacino movie, Scarface, people don't necessarily get the message and do make heroes of the Corleone's. So I agree with you - the glorification of gangsters is a bad, bad thing.

    PS I think this is one of the most quotable movies ever: Leave the gun, take the cannolli; make him an offer he can't refuse; Sunday Monday Thursday ...

  3. I agree that they don't think they're bad... but they also know that what they do is wrong. They try to hide it from the law and from their families. So what does it say about someone who knows what they're doing is wrong (pretty big wrong in the scheme of things), and still thinks of themselves as a "good" person?

    Also agree about the great quotes. I think this is on the list of top 100 quotes, too.

  4. The Don saw himself as a victim. An immigrant trying to make his way and win the game, even with the other guys' rules. And remember Michael in the rain outside the hospital? That was the turning point for him. He believed, too, that the Corleones were persecuted for behaving in exactly the same way and by the same code as the Angle-Saxon power structure. "But senators don't have people killed." "Now who is being naive, Kay?"

    Because they are likable, because they live by their own code, because they are actually easy to root for, the Corleones are the most dangerous of villains.

    Paul Newman said he had something similar in mind when he took the part of Hud. I heard him say that he was frustrated that audiences saw Hud as a hero, that they fell for the charm the same way the people in Hud's small town did.

  5. I don't think I ever saw "Hud," so I'll have to check it out. I may also need to re-watch "The Godfather" with your thoughts in mind.

    The Corleones are definitely the most dangerous of villains, for the exact reason you said. I wonder how much they've been emulated over the years by people for just those reasons.

  6. OH, one of Paul Newman's best! Hud is a drunk and rapist and the sleeziest cattle man in the history of the west. And yet, he's somehow so cool that you want him to hang around. Nothing he does *seems* evil. It's a great performance (in a very dark way).