The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★½

It’s all down to the moment Tom tells Don Corleone who killed Sollozzo and McCluskey. The dream of respectability snatched away from his family, vanished while Vito wasn’t looking. It was a ridiculous dream for him to have, but something in the filmmaking manages to make this moment feel eminently tragic. It’s just such an impressive collection of talents and artistic touches. I notice more and more every time, and that’s what I love about the experience, every time. Still believe Part II is superior, but I unquestionably admire this one. 

“I never wanted this for you.”

Wrote my highest-marked King’s essay on James Baldwin’s film theory as applied to The Godfather - considering the use of a subaltern identity at various points in both works - so the related memories are happy memories. A treat to watch. An achievement to behold. Not perfect, but absurdly impressive.

Finally, to pair Brando with that cat is a masterstroke.

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