The Godfather

The Godfather ★★★★★

I believe in America...

And so it all begins; The Godfather. A screenplay which highlights honor before violence, yet gracefully reverses those concepts, as the film goes on, into modern spite. Marlon Brando as the well-rounded Sicilian face of responsibility, Al Pacino as the fiercely American. Gordon Willis hanging these faces in abyssal shadows. Faces speaking in grounded poetry of vengeance and patience. 45 years later it is still the gold standard for all that American cinema hopes to be.

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