The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather (56:36)

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If we have to hard-sell you on T100P podcast #85, then you probably don’t like classic movies in the first place. Then again, maybe you—like Peter Griffin—believe the movie “insists upon itself.” Either way, we’ve got a lengthy discussion ready for your earholes. Even so, we probably missed 12 or 40 good points of discussion. While you listen to us break down one of the greatest of the greats, head on over to Sparkplug Coffee!

LINKS:

The Godfather on Wikipedia

Mario Puzo’s Godfather novel on Wikipedia

Marlon Brando on IMDb

Al Pacino on IMDb

James Caan on IMDb

Robert Duvall on IMDb

Diane Keaton on IMDb

Francis Ford Coppola on IMDb

Mario Puzo on Wikipedia

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 lists

Box Office Mojo Top 250 Adjusted For Inflation

1972 Academy Award winners and nominees

Godfather triv

The horse head in the bed scene on YouTube

Michael ruins everyone’s dinner and sheds mob blood on YouTube

Michael & Vito share a tender scene of mafia-related issues on YouTube

The Oscar acceptance speeches for Coppola (at 2:39) + Brando/Littlefeather + Ruddy on YouTube

Sofia Coppola’s Oscar acceptance speech for writing Lost In Translation on YouTube

Goodfellas and Godfather Part II on IMDb

Next week on the T100P: our Not 100 Project selection, Groundhog Day

A little help for the Coming Attractions triv

7 thoughts on “The Godfather (1972)

  1. Well, I’m glad you at least kind of agree with just a couple of my problems with this film. The sequence of Michael in Italy certainly was the weakest part. By the time I got there I was so bored I was ready to scream — although I hadn’t exactly spent much time before that riveted, either. It’s also crazy that Brando won Best Actor for this sloppy, cartoonish performance; he didn’t even look like he was trying to be believable. I think Caan gave the film’s best performance. I know everyone loves Pacino in this movie, but to me he crossed the line between subtle and lifeless, and he came close to the line between lifeless and “Hey, is that guy even awake?” And Duvall was fine, but he was just playing Robert Duvall.

    It’s a great-looking movie, and the slow reveal of Vito’s office in the opening scene was very well done, and I liked the tension they were building to while Michael’s looking for the gun in the restaurant bathroom — although it’s too bad that tension only lasted literally a second and a half. And I don’t know what Peter Griffin meant by saying the film “insists upon itself,” but I’ll say that it’s way too impressed with itself, and it never spends 5 minutes making a point that it can take 45 minutes to make. I think it’s quite possibly the most overrated anything in the history of all of pop culture. And Godfather fanatics have scolded me for saying this before, but there is absolutely nothing this film does that ‘Goodfellas’ doesn’t do much more involvingly and entertainingly.

    But at least it’s better than ‘Scarface.’

    1. Strong sentiments. We’re going to talk about what you’ve said here when we do Part II in a few weeks. That’ll give you more recognition than blithering on about it right now. 🙂

  2. Well, you can recognize if you want to, but don’t feel it’s necessary. After all, I’m apparently the only person on the planet who feels this way about it.

    1. The fact that you feel so negatively and strongly about it is all the more reason to acknowledge these points in our Part II ‘cast. If you loved it like most people, well, where’s the fun in that?

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