The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

It is with great shame that I admit this marks the first time I have seen "The Godfather" in its entirety -- an admission tantamount to a professor of English who has never read "Hamlet." Not only that, I watched both "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" in the same day. That's six and a half hours of Godfather. I spent more time watching these movies than I did sleeping.

And I would do it again.

I have thought almost exclusively about "The Godfather" since finishing it three days ago, and I arrive repeatedly at the conclusion that I must watch it again and I must do so as soon as humanly possible.

I don't really have much insight on the film itself. I'm sure I will have more coherent thoughts after my next viewing, but the main takeaways are as follows:

1. Gordon Willis' photography is among the most stunning I have ever seen.

2. These two movies have the greatest cast that has ever been assembled.

3. After over a year of feeling like movies had lost their luster, I finally remember why I love film.

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