The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

What hasn't been written about? What hasn't been explored by students and lovers of film alike? Whether it be the defining ensemble of incredible performances, it's immersive and masterful editing by William Reynolds and Pete Zinner, it's haunting score by Nino Rota, Dean Tavoularis' impeccable set design, gorgeous cinematography by Gordon Willis, or how Francis Ford Coppola managed to direct all of these dominant forces to work together to create pure art; The Godfather may just deserve it's place in the conversation as the best film of all time (at least certainly the greatest American one). It's utterly immersive, captivating audiences for decades with it's tragic story and magical allure. I'd be hard-pressed to find a more compelling and complete character study than that of Michael Corleone, a fascinating turn both because of Coppola's handling and Pacino's landmark performance. More than anything, perhaps, is The Godfather's ability to capture a lost era. Romanticize it (perhaps to a fault), but capture and revel in it none the less.

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