The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

It would be a cliche to call The Godfather a novelistic film or the greatest film of all time, but those labels are kinda correct. It begins with a wedding and ends with the funeral of a soul. Frankly the film is more like opera, it consists of music, poetry, painting, there is something almost metaphysical about its greatness, it's a masterclass in every way imaginable and is to movies what Kind Of Blue was for jazz. I've been rewatching this once a year ever since '17(and I still haven't watched the sequels lmao) and what suprises me is not only how much better it becomes the more I mature, but how much sadder and lonely it seems to evolve with time. For a film about family and how it will always operate like a gravitational field no matter what you do, its cold loneliness give a mythical aroma to its frames. It's a Viscontian tragedy as Rota's immortal music suggests, a film about how you will always live in the shadow of your father and the destruction of the past, even if you want to escape from it. In the beginning of the film of course the only one that isn't dressed in black and is nowhere to be found in Vito's office is Michael, a product of the military that becomes a product of his father, at the end he becomes even worse than him. "We're not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker thinks", Vito says in the film's opening and he is being a bit of a hypocrite but his son who lost everything because of him isn't even afraid to admit that he is, at least to himself. No greater film made about capitalism in America: it turns families into businesses, loyal men into traitors and men into living corpses. Al Pacino gives the greatest perfomance of all time, so there is that.

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