The Untold Story of the Making of the Classic Godfather Trilogy Featuring Never-Before-Published Production Stills

Author: Harlan Lebo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743287770

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

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Provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the three Godfather films, detailing the financial success of the films, the cooperation of the real Mafia with the makers of the films, and portraits of the cast and crew, accompanied by more than one hundred personal photographs.
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Director, Francis Ford Coppola

Author: N.A

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780582431881

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 87

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From a penniless director, a has-been star and a relatively unknown lead came a movie which own three Oscars. Includes excerpts from original reviews of the film. Provides a background including biographies of key cast and crew and a cultural context of the movie. Looks at the production, key scenes, themes and techniques used in making the movie. Go behind the scenes with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Examine how The Godfather was Francis Ford Coppola's vision and how he achieved it through his casting decisions, his choice of location for filming and the use of light to create mood and atmosphere. Consider how by use of narrative, imagery, and cinematography, he is able to convey an atmosphere of the family as a close knit community and the characters as tragic figures. Find out what Marlon Brando brought to the role of Don Vito Corleone and how important the film was to Al Pacino's career. Get short biographies of Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Mario Puzo, the writer, and Robert Evans, who was head of production at Paramount. Get a bibliogrpahy of the books related to The Godfather, a listing of cinematic terms used and a filmography of Coppola. Written in an accessible manner, The Godfather is excellent reading for the movie fan and film student alike. William Malyszko is the head of Film & Media studies at the Langley
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Author: Nick Browne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521559508

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

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The Godfather trilogy is among the most significant works of Hollywood cinema of the last quarter century. They provide a richly complex look at a whole segment of American life and culture spanning almost the whole century. In six essays, written especially for this volume, The Godfather trilogy is re-examined from a variety of perspectives. Providing analyses on the form and significance of Coppola's achievement, they demonstrate how the filmmaker revised the conventions of the American crime film in the Viet Nam era, his treatment of the capitalism of the criminal underworld and its inherent violence, the power struggles within Hollywood over the film, and the contribution of opera to the epic force and cinematic style of Coppola's vision of an American criminal dynasty. The Godfather articulates the themes, styles, mythologies, performances, and underlying cultural values that have made the film a modern classic.
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Author: Mario Puzo

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455548936

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 42

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In this entertaining and insightful essay, Mario Puzo chronicles his rise from struggling writer to overnight success after the publication of The Godfather. With equal parts cynicism and humor, Puzo recounts the book deal and his experiences in Hollywood while writing the screenplay for the movie. Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Evans, Peter Bart, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino all make appearances-as does Frank Sinatra, in his famous and disastrous encounter with Puzo. First published in 1972, the essay is now available as an ebook for the first time. A must-have for every Godfather fan! Featuring a foreword by Ed Falco, author of The Family Corleone.
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Author: Mario Puzo

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448106893

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 8495

Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of American society. Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, areasonable man. The deadliest lord of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather. A modern masterpiece,The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking forty years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic.
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How the Corleones Became "Our Gang"

Author: Chris Messenger

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791488705

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 4728

A comprehensive look at a classic work of popular fiction and its hold on the American imagination.
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A Film Score Guide

Author: Franco Sciannameo

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 1461664241

Category: Music

Page: 212

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This volumes reintroduces critics, film musicologists, cinemagoers, and fans of Francis Ford Coppola's cinema and Nino Rota's music to the events that led to the realization of the three films that make up The Godfather Trilogy, commenting on their significance both musically and culturally. Released in 1972, 1974, and 1990 respectively, Coppola's three-part saga is one of the greatest artistic accomplishments (and financial successes) in the history of Hollywood cinema.
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Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410346927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 31

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A Study Guide for Mario Puzo's "The Godfather," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
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Author: Mark Winegardner

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409049612

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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'The bloody victory of the Corleone Family was not complete,' begins the final chapter of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, 'until a year of delicate manoeuvring established Michael Corleone as the most powerful Family chief in the United States.' The Godfather: The Lost Years takes place in the years 1955-65, but it is built upon the story of that 'year of delicate political manoeuvring' - and how, in winning the battle of that year, Michael Corleone set the stage to lose the war: the war to make the Family legitimate, the war to keep the Corleones supremely in power, the war to stay true to his father's wishes, the war to give not just his Family but his family a safe and happy life. The Godfather: The Lost Years is not just a sequel. A magnificent novel in its own right, by an acclaimed young American novelist, it traces the nexus of ambitious, audacious decisions that Michael Corleone implements, their ultimate failure, and, after the Family's literal and figurative years in the wilderness (of Las Vegas), Michael's literal, physical return to New York, and his attempts to regain control there.
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Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience

Author: A. Kenneth Ciongoli,Jay Parini

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874518887

Category: Photography

Page: 338

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A long overdue collection of memoirs and scholarlyreflections on growing up Italian and American.
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Changing Hollywood, America, and Me

Author: Tom Santopietro

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429952628

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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A brilliant examination of our forty year obsession with the classic film trilogy—and a personal reflection on what it means to be Italian-American Forty years and one billion dollars in gross box office receipts after the initial release of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola's masterful trilogy continues to fascinate viewers old and new. The Godfather Effect skillfully analyzes the reasons behind this ongoing global phenomenon. Packed with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from all three Godfather films, Tom Santopietro explores the historical origins of the Mob and why they thrived in America, how Italian-Americans are portrayed in the media, and how a saga of murderous gangsters captivated audiences around the globe. Laced with stories about Brando, Pacino, and Sinatra, and interwoven with a funny and poignant memoir about the author's own experiences growing up with an Italian name in an Anglo world of private schools and country clubs, The Godfather Effect is a book for film lovers, observers of American life, and Italians of all nationalities.
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Regie: Francis F. Coppola / 1972

Author: Elsa Kremser

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640511743

Category:

Page: 28

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2009 im Fachbereich Filmwissenschaft, Note: 1, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg in Ludwigsburg (Film und Medien), Veranstaltung: Sequenzanlyse, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: DER PATE steht in der Filmgeschichte als Paradeexemplar fur diverse filmwissenschaftliche Theorien ganz vorne. Dieser wegweisende Film ist zum anhaltenden Publikumsliebling geworden und in die Filmgeschichte eingegangen. Die Taufsequenz ist der furiose Hohepunkt dieses monumentalen Filmwerks mit 175 Minuten. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird der Aufbau sowie die gestalterischen Feinheiten der Taufsequenz aus DER PATE von Francis F. Coppola aus dem Jahr 1972 analysiert. Der Film steht selbstredend als Ganzes und somit die ist dessen Kenntnis die Voraussetzung fur die Lekture dieser Sequenzanalyse. Im Detail wird bei der Analyse zuerst ein Blick auf den formalen Aufbau von Bild- und Tonschnitt geworfen, im Speziellen sind das der Bildschnitt und die damit zusammenhangende Kameraarbeit sowie der Einsatz und das Timing von Dialogen und Musik. Darauf folgend werden die metaphorischen Ebenen aufgeschlusselt, die man in der Taufsequenz finden kann. Es wird dabei auf die symbolische Bedeutung der Taufe an sich, und im speziellen die Lichtstimmungen in Bezug auf die Dramaturgie eingegangen. Durch die Aufschlusselung der Elemente bildet sich die Moglichkeit zur differenzierten Interpretation dieser detailreichen Sequenz. Im Resumee werden diese Faktoren nochmals zusammengefasst und in Relation zur Haltung des Rezipienten gestellt."
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Masculinity, Ethnicity and Mobsters from The Godfather to The Sopranos

Author: George S. Larke-Walsh

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786456130

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The “post-classic” era of American gangster films began in 1967 with the release of Bonnie and Clyde, achieving a milestone five years later with the popular and highly influential The Godfather. This historical study explores the structure, myths and intertextual narratives found in the gangster films produced since The Godfather. The intense relationship between masculinity and ethnicity in the gangster film, especially within the movie-generated mythology of the Mafia, is carefully analyzed, and the book tracks the trends in the genre up to and including the landmark HBO television series The Sopranos (1999–2007). A selected filmography is included. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
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Author: Mark Winegardner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101211298

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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The third and final installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family—one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema—achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president. In The Godfather's Revenge—authorized by the Puzo Estate—Mark Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. A subordinate to Michael Corleone, New Orleans underboss Carlo Tramonti is publicly humiliated when the US Attorney General—President Danny Shea's brother—has him arrested and deported to Colombia. Tramonti eventually returns, hell-bent on settling scores, and triggers a series of events destined to change the course of American history. Corleone, though haunted by the death of his brother Fredo, knows that this is no time for weakness—and so, with fearless consigliere Tom Hagen leading the way, a new path for the future is forged. As the dramatic twists of The Godfather's Revenge take the reader from Las Vegas to Miami to New Orleans, from the power alleys of Washington, DC, to the remote jungles of Colombia, the puppet master behind the curtain remains Michael Corleone, the tortured prodigal son who is determined to redefine his family's legacy and make his father—the original Godfather—proud.
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Author: Jon Lewis

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: 9781844572922

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) marked a transition in American filmmaking, and its success - as a work of art, as a creative property exploited by its studio, Paramount Pictures, as a model for aspiring filmmakers - changed Hollywood forever. Jon Lewis's study of the film looks at the significance of The Godfather in Hollywood's dramatic box-office turnaround in the 1970s and offers a critical and historical discussion of The Godfather's place within the crime and gangster film genre. Lewis focuses on the film as a commercial as well as an artistic landmark of American auteur cinema, as a singularly important film in Hollywood studio history and as a brilliant reworked modern genre picture that at once adopts and adapts the gangster film.
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The Long Life and Times of Richie "the Boot" Boiardo

Author: Richard Linnett

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813560624

Category: True Crime

Page: 256

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In the Godfather Garden is the true story of the life of Richie “the Boot” Boiardo, one of the most powerful and feared men in the New Jersey underworld. The Boot cut his teeth battling the Jewish gang lord Abner Longy Zwillman on the streets of Newark during Prohibition and endured to become one of the East Coast’s top mobsters, his reign lasting six decades. To the press and the police, this secretive Don insisted he was nothing more than a simple man who enjoyed puttering about in his beloved vegetable garden on his Livingston, New Jersey, estate. In reality, the Boot was a confidante and kingmaker of politicians, a friend of such celebrities as Joe DiMaggio and George Raft, an acquaintance of Joseph Valachi—who informed on the Boot in 1963—and a sworn enemy of J. Edgar Hoover. The Boot prospered for more than half a century, remaining an active boss until the day he died at the age of ninety-three. Although he operated in the shadow of bigger Mafia names across the Hudson River (think Charles "Lucky" Luciano and Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, a cofounder of the Mafia killer squad Murder Inc. with Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro), the Boot was equally as brutal and efficient. In fact, there was a mysterious place in the gloomy woods behind his lovely garden—a furnace where many thought the Boot took certain people who were never seen again. Richard Linnett provides an intimate look inside the Boot’s once-powerful Mafia crew, based on the recollections of a grandson of the Boot himself and complemented by never-before-published family photos. Chronicled here are the Prohibition gang wars in New Jersey as well as the murder of Dutch Schultz, a Mafia conspiracy to assassinate Newark mayor Kenneth Gibson, and the mob connections to several prominent state politicians. Although the Boot never saw the 1972 release of The Godfather, he appreciated the similarities between the character of Vito Corleone and himself, so much so that he hung a sign in his beloved vegetable garden that read “The Godfather Garden.” There’s no doubt he would have relished David Chase’s admission that his muse in creating the HBO series The Sopranos was none other than “Newark’s erstwhile Boiardo crew.”
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Author: Peace Emmanuel

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595445845

Category: Fiction

Page: 172

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Tony Costanzo is the president of America-at night. A mafia don, he rose to power from the rough streets of the South Side. After dozens of bloody battles among New York and Sicilian crime families, he has managed to stay on top.Tony's right-hand man, Recco Sergio, is even crueler than his boss. But when Recco kills the crew of the godfather of Cleveland, even Tony can't promise him protection.While the two partners-in-crime are at odds over the hits, the godfather of Cleveland, Don Vistero Maldini, is hell-bent on destroying whoever is responsible. As the boss of Cleveland seeks vengeance, Tony and Recco find themselves battling for their lives. To have any chance of surviving, they must work together or sell each other out.Before long, Tony is sought after by another powerful person, the president of the United States. The leader of the free world has an unusual request for Tony: he wants him to kill the president of Cuba.Find out if Tony is up to the task or if he will fall like all the other Mafia dons in The Sins of the Godfather.
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The Lost Years

Author: Mark Winegardner

Publisher: Arrow

ISBN: 9780434012282

Category: Corleone family (Fictitious characters)

Page: 430

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"The bloody victory of the Corleone Family was not complete,' begins the final chapter of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, 'until a year of delicate manuevering established Michael Corleone as the most powerful Family chief in the United States.'THE GODFATHER: THE LOST YEARS takes place in the years 1955-65, but it is built upon the story of that 'year of delicate political manuevering' - and how, in winning the battle of that year, Michael Corleone set the stage to lose the war: the war to make the Family legitimate, the war to keep the Corleones supremely in power, the war to stay true to his father's wishes, the war to give not just his Family but his family a safe and happy life. THE GODFATHER: THE LOST YEARS is not just a sequel. The title refers to the arc of the plot: the nexus of ambitious, audacious decisions that Michael implements, their ultimate failure, and, after the Family's literal and figurative years in the wilderness (of Las Vegas), Michael Corleone's literal, physical return to New York, and his attempts to regain control there.
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A Royal Thai Detective Novel (4)

Author: John Burdett

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN: 030727294X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Sonchai Jitpleecheep—John Burdett’s inimitable Royal Thai Police detective with the hard-bitten demeanor and the Buddhist soul—is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Solving the murder could mean a promotion, but Sonchai, reeling from a personal tragedy, is more interested in Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu who has become his guru. There are, however, obstacles in Sonchai’s path to nirvana. Police Colonel Vikorn has just named Sonchai his consigliere (he’s been studying The Godfather on DVD): to troubleshoot, babysit, defuse, procure, reconnoiter—do whatever needs to be done in Vikorn’s ongoing battle with Army General Zinna for control of Bangkok’s network of illegal enterprises. And though Tietsin is enlightened and (eerily) charismatic, he also has forty million dollars’ worth of heroin for sale. If Sonchai truly wants to be an initiate into Tietsin’s “apocalyptic Buddhism,” he has to pull off a deal that will bring Vikorn and Zinna to the same side of the table. Further complicating the challenge is Tara: a Tantric practitioner who captivates Sonchai with her remarkable otherworldly techniques. Here is Sonchai put to the extreme test—as a cop, as a Buddhist, as an impossibly earthbound man—in John Burdett’s most wildly inventive, darkly comic, and wickedly entertaining novel yet. From the Hardcover edition.
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