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AFI #2 - The Godfather

Squee! Just one left! Citizen Kane viewing/Rock Band victory party still on track for Sat. Boston area Facebook friends can expect invites soon, as Im working on that as soon as this write up is posted.

I feel like no matter what I write about The Godfather, there's no way in hell I can \m/ do it justice. It just really is one of the greatest movies ever made. A fellow movie enthusist once pointed out that this is one of the few 3 hour films that uses those three hours effectively (the only other example we could come up with at the time was Magnolia, but Im sure there's a few others). And its so true. The movie is so engrossing, it just flies by. I was actually a bit concerned I'd miss movie time for Get Him to the Greek cause Id lose track of time watching this one.

Still remember the first time I watched this. One of my best buddies realized that neither of us had seen this, which was abhorrent and unacceptable so we remedied that first chance we got. And both of us were just in awe, basking in the awesome of all things Italian.

The characters are so cunning and complex. The plot is so twisted and terribly engrossing. The actors top notch. The direction brilliant.

I also highly recommend the book. I read it a couple years ago. The movie follows it pretty accurately, but there's so much more. There's more elaborate backstories on the characters (my favorite being more stuff on Johnny Fontaine). And its a pretty easy read too. It also helps clear up some of the confusion, or at least I still cant keep a lot of people and motives straight.

Guess I should prolly stop cause all Im doing is gushing. And Im getting sleepy.


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Jun. 12th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
The Godfather
Hello Expletive Dleted (spelled your name right this time);
I was on RT reading your enjoyable review of Avatar, and I noticed your address on livejournal - and I followed you here. When I read your entry on The Godfather, I had to sign up to comment.
The Godfather is one of my all-time favorites, both the movie and the book. I used to read the book about once a year, I liked it so much. I started to read Puzo's other books, and didn't find them to be anywhere near as good as The Godfather. Really, I was surprised by the difference in the quality of writing in his other books.
Jun. 12th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Re: The Godfather
What I find interesting is that Puzo supposedly wrote the book in a hurry out of desperation cause he needed money fast. He didnt see it as anything of significance at the time, or at least that's the legend I've heard.
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