The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★½

In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.

Don, I need you to do me a favor. Get me on a plane to Sicily, pronto.

It's all strictly business. It's taxing but you learn so much and the essence of family is earned. I've come upon Coppola's genius, as I've acquired some physical Coppola pictures recently. More or less, I've realized it--really come to respect his oeuvre (nice). I snagged the Coppola restoration of The Godfather trilogy and the 4k restoration of Apocalypse Now with the redux and final cut and tons of bts. Out of all of those pictures, I have only not seen Part III of The Godfather. I can get behind so many of Coppola's thoughts and learn from his stories. These purchases make me reconsider my film degree entirely but let's slow down.

I've also come to respect Gordon Willis's cinematography. I could be wrong, but I think there was only a handful of dolly shots. There weren't any crane shots or anything like that either (again, I wasn't watching strictly for that so I could be wrong don't kill me). It's all strictly locked down and on sticks. Framing of bodies, the power of light, and panning are the most used tools here. And it's relatively simple. Gordon overexposes (some) outdoor light and underexposes (most) of the indoor lighting. Contrast the outside from the inside with a simple flick of the dial. Watch this with the context of this being Al Pacino's 2nd or 3rd role, ever.

So far I think I've only done re-watches. I guess it's only day 3 of the year. Can't tell what I'll be getting into yet. Coppola though, Francis Ford Coppola.

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