The Godfather (1972)

Marlon Brando in the opening scene of The Godfather

“The Godfather” is considered by many to be the best movie ever made. This compelling drama following a mafia crime family created a genre of gangster films that still flourishes in Hollywood.

The Making of “The Godfather”

Most great films have a great backstory as well regarding how it was made, and the story behind “The Godfather” is just as fascinating as it is improbable.

Here’s an excellent documentary about the making of this iconic film, addressing much of the drama surrounding the casting decisions.

Here, Coppola discusses how he was able to convince the studio to use Marlon Brando.

Here’s another telling of that story.

Director’s Commentary

The Francis Ford Coppola commentary in most of the DVD/Blu ray sets is amazing. It’s funny in a way as he never stops talking, so it works for fans who have seen the movie many times. Coppola provides so much detail regarding every aspect of the production. This is a must-see for film students and movie buffs.

The Godfather, Part II

Coppola followed up arguably the greatest movie of all time with the greatest sequel of all time. Some even argue that Part II surpasses the original, though in our view the original still stands above it by a hair.

The Godfather, Part III

We won”t focus much on Part III here, because like most fans we don’t believe it lives up to the first two films.

Here’s a great interview with Robert Duvall explaining why he wasn’t in the third film as Tom Hagen. There had been rumors that Duvall didn’t want to play second fiddle again to Pacino in a supporting role, but Duvell explains it really came down to money. That’s hat drove the last film, and he wanted to be treated fairly. There’s doesn’t seem to be hard feelings, as he’s very complimentary of Coppola and the first two films. Watch below and see the second part of the interview here.