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Old 04-10-2002, 04:09 PM   #1
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The Godfather Trilogy

Yup, I don't know if I've missed an appreciation thread for this astounding trilogy in the past, but I can't help myself now... I ADORE this trilogy. I love the actors and the acting, I love the directing, I love the story, I love the characters, I love the music... I love it all!

My actual favourite movie is the Godfather Part II, because of the parallel between Vito's flashbacks and Michael's present life, and the incredible character development. I always thought the weakest one was Part III, but I do love the last half an hour, as well as some amazingly beautiful moments.

Any Godfather fans in this forum?

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Love it as well.

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But Vito is only nine. And dumb-witted. The child cannot harm you.

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But Vito is only nine. And dumb-witted. The child cannot harm you.
But when he grows up, he will grow strong and want revenge.

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This trilogy is so good I have not watched it in a while.....hmmmm maybe I will have to watch them all this weekend if I have nothing better to do. II is one of the best of the three and one of the best movies ever.

Anyone think it is worth upgrading from VHS to DVD?
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Of all the classic gangster films, I enjoyed 'The Untouchables'.

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Because of my Godfather fixation, look what Sicy did to me...
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I only watched the entire trilogy last year and I was a bit sceptical whether Godfather films are as good as everyone hypes them up to be. But the sheer quality of the first two films just hit me in the face from the very first frame and everything about them just felt PERFECT. I was very disappointed with Godfather III though. There were some very good bits but many I times I just couldn't see past Sofia Coppola's terrible acting. For me she was like a black hole which sucked most of the film's quality into vacuum.
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What Saracene said. I saw the trilogy for the 1st time over 3 nights about 2 years ago now id guess...since read the book too.

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I've never seen any of the Godfather movies.

Am I the only one??? I guess I should check them out, eh?

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I've never seen any of the Godfather movies.

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I've never seen any of the Godfather movies.

Am I the only one??? I guess I should check them out, eh?

Yes, you need to get on this
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..look what Sicy did to me...
It's a Sicilian message. It means The_Sweetest_Thing sleeps with the fishes.

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I love them! For me, it doesn't get any better than the first one, though. How about that scene in the restaurant when Michael is preparing to make his first hit? I think that scene, that defining moment for Michael, is just chills-up-the-spine brilliant.

Although I have to say that during my last viewing of it, I found Diane Keaton's hair to be a bit distracting, lol.
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Am I the only one who finds the character of Kay Adams annoying? Sure, she goes through a lot, but let me just say that when he slaps her in PART II, and slams the door in her face, I felt that she deserved it.

I don't know. I found her character real annoying. As for Sofia Coppola's much loathed performance in the third part, I don't really see why everyone hates her so much. Yeah, she's a bit flat and a bit wooden in some parts, but thankfully it wasn't such a pivotal performance. Also, the actual criminal plot of the third part is the weakest, but there are some very strong qualities to it, some that even the others (my fave is still the second one though) don't have. For instance, the third part is much about Corleone's attempt for forgiveness from his wife, family, and ultimately God. He yearns for redemption, in fact, he swears on the lives of his children for a second chance so that he won't sin anymore, an oath God takes him up on.
Besides the wonderful development of Michael, there are the echoes of the past, the horror of Fredo's murder. See how he screams out for him when he gets the diabetic attack? The pattern and structure of the third film is easier to follow and fits in perfectly with the other films, as it ultimately reveals the entire cylce that has produced. "Just when I think I'm out, they drag me back in..." Michael grunts, eventually leaving everything to Vincent, and so the ongoing cycle of crime, love, death, murder and vendettas goes on; Coppola can go on making such movies forever.

The third part is the weakest one, I feel, but it is still remarkable. Also, Pacino's performance is heart-breaking, the final scene where his daughter dies always makes me want to cry. However, the real heart-warming scenes are those with De Niro as Corleone in the second film, where, after just shooting Fanucci in the face, he goes to his family and hugs baby Michael, and tells him in his most masculine yet heart-warming manner "Michael, your father loves you very much. Very much". Really touching. But even more touching is the fact that he's just killed for his baby Michael.

Ah. The interesting paradox here is that both Michael and his father protected their families, but Michael ends up alone while his father was much loved. Why do you think that is?

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