Diane Keaton and Al Pacino in "The Godfather" (1972)

The Godfather (1972) Directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. Diane Keaton as Kay Adams and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

Kay: I thought you weren’t going to become a man like your father. That’s what you told me.
Michael: My father’s no different than any powerful man… any man who’s responsible for other people. Like a senator or a president.
Kay: Do you know how naïve you sound?
Michael: Why?
Kay: Senators and presidents don’t have men killed.
Michael: Oh… Who’s being naïve, Kay?

2 Responses to “The Godfather (1972)”

  1. Moving, brutal and as brilliant a character study as has ever been crafted in the American cinema this is quite simply one of the greatest films of all-time. But I certainly am not saying anything profound here.

    Kay’s response here to Michael is a superb example of the unforgettable dialogue within Puzo’s and Coppola’s screenplay.

    A bevy of extraordinary performances, Willis’s lighting and Rota’s immortal score……..well……..the rest is history as they say.

    As stupendous as this film is, I have always given a slight edge to the follow-up, but to even compare them is fundamentally wrong, especially when you consider the re-edited trilogy that came afterwards.

  2. As I said in the G2 thread, I think an argument can be made in favor of G1. Yes, the sequel is more ambitious thematically and narratively and in many other ways, but there’s something earthy and honest and simple about the first one that gets a little left behind in the sequel. All the little details of life that Coppola squeezes in, many of them from his own experiences growing up, make the world he’s created on screen feel even bigger and richer than the plot itself suggest. He pulls off a lot with a smaller pallet than he had to work with in 2, and he did it under the constant threat of being fired from the film.

    2 definitely takes full advantage of the rich groundwork that was laid here, and yes is all the more impressive for it, but there’s just no way you can minimize the first one which has a number of pleasures on its own.

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