Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather, was released fifty years ago. While now everyone raves about it and the sequel (though not the third film), this was not always the case. Some insightful critics like Roger Ebert wrote positively on it, here. Others did not. For example, read this review of The Godfather from 1972 in The New York Times.
Since then, the Times has comes around. 🙂 Here’s two recent pieces, one long and one short, that reflect on the film:
- Al Pacino Looks Back at His Breakthrough Role in ‘The Godfather’ – The New York Times
- ‘The Godfather’ Explained in Seven Quotes – The New York Times
I was glad to come across Ebert’s piece. It mirrors what I wrote about it some time ago: For fans of The Godfather, with a few minor thoughts | Smart People I Know.
If you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in awhile, I recommend you do. I can watch the film or even clips from the film any day, even the deleted scenes, such as this one, when Michael and the Don reunite. You can find many such clips on Youtube. But watch the whole film too. You won’t regret it. How can you refuse with an offer like that?