81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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Godfather, The

October 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · 1972, Adaptation, Color, Composer: Nino Rota, Diane Keaton, Drama, Francis Ford Coppola, Godfather, John Cazale, Marlon Brando, Paramount Studios, Talia Shire

The Godfather Other Best-Picture Oscar winners have been longer. But none are bigger.

Very few movies, save perhaps for Casablanca, have become part of pop culture the way The Godfather has.

All Marlon Brando has to do is raise his eyebrows or look pained and I chuckle. His portrayal of Don Vito Corleone is priceless.

Endlessly parodied, the basis for The Sopranos, quoted by Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail (“The Godfather is the I Ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question.”), The Godfather is the one movie you’d want to have with you on a desert island. Of course, you’d also want electricity and a DVD player or the movie wouldn’t do you any good. And if you were on the island in the TV show LOST you’re just as liable to wind up in the movie as watch it.

The Godfather was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won only three: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marlon Brando, who refused the award), Best Picture, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Mario Puzo, 1920-1999, Francis Ford Coppola, 1939- ).

It’s a crime that Francis Ford Coppola didn’t win the Oscar for Director, James Caan, Robert Duvall, or Al Pacino (!) didn’t win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The Great Movies Famed movie critic Roger Ebert, in his fascinating book The Great Movies, writes:

The Brando performance is justly famous and often imitated. We know all about his puffy cheeks and his use of props like the kitten in the opening scene. Those are actors’ devices. Brando uses them but does not depend on them. He embodies his character so convincingly that at the end, when he warns his son two or three times that “the man who comes to you to set up a meeting – that’s the traitor,” we are not thinking of acting at all. We are thinking tha the don is growing old and repeating himself, but we are also thinking that he is probably absolutely right.

THE CAST
Marlon Brando (1924-2004)……………………..Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino (1940- )…………………………………..Michael Corleone
James Caan (1940- )……………………………….Santino “Sonny” Corleone
Richard S. Castellano (1933-1988)…………….Peter Clemenza
Robert Duvall (1931- )…………………………….Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden (1916-1986)……………………Capt. McCluskey
John Marley (1907-1984)………………………….Jack Woltz
Richard Conte (1910-1975)………………………Don Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri (1928-1975)…………………………….Virgil ‘The Turk’ Sollozzo
Diane Keaton (1946- )……………………………..Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda (1921- )………………………………..Sal Tessio
Talia Shire (1946- )…………………………………Connie Corleone Rizzi
Gianni Russo (1943- )……………………………..Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale (1935-1978)…………………………Fredo Corleone
Rudy Bond (1912-1982)…………………………..Don Carmine Cuneo

The Godfather is more than a movie about the mafia; it is a movie about family, about love, loyalty, and living by a code of ethics, albeit a slightly twisted one. It is a movie as sweeping and grand as any ever made. I can watch this movie endlessly, never taking my eyes off the screen, always discovering something new that I hadn’t noticed before.

And, lucky for me, in two days I get to watch The Godfather: Part Two, which also won an Oscar for Best Picture.

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