The Godfather

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Il padrino (The Godfather) is a 1972 film about gangsters, the first of a trilogy by Francis Ford Coppola with a cast including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire and Diane Keaton, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name.

The film was awarded three Oscars in 1973 – Best film to Albert S. Ruddy, Best Actor to Marlon Brando, Best Adapted Screenplay to Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo – and is considered a milestone in the history of cinema.

In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked it in third place in the classification of the best 100 American films of all time. Ten years the later the film climbed up one more place. Second place also in the classification of the Internet Movie Database, while Empire magazine considers it the best film ever, top of a list of 500 famous films.

The film ranks 20th in box office earnings in the history of cinema (more than 144,234,000 dollars worldwide) and together with Casablanca is the film that has been shown most often on TV (135 times).


New York, 1945. The story begins with Don Vito Corleone, the Godfather of a well-known Mafia “family” in New York, celebrating the “Sicilian” wedding of his daughter Connie, guarded by the “picciotti” (young men). His beloved son Michael (Al Pacino) has just returned home from the war, but has no intention of entering his father’s business. His organisation runs a huge network of illegal businesses. Don Vito involves: his quick-tempered elder son Santino, called Sonny; Fredo, his second and not very bright son; and his step son Tom Hagen, an ambitious lawyer who has become the Boss’ right-hand man. No violence, just an offer of friendship in exchange for total devotion and gratitude towards the undisputed head of the family. The country, however, is changing and not everyone is prepared to follow him, seeking out new alliances. One person, who later turns out to be an adamant rival of the Corleone family, wants to sell drugs in New York and needs the benefit of Don Vito’s influence to carry out his plan. Virgil Sollozzo, this is the real name of the dangerous drug trafficker called “the Turk”, affiliated to the Tattaglia clan, one of the five families of New York, asks Don Vito for protection and financial support in the amount of one million dollars so he can set up a large-scale drug business. The Boss refuses to provide support for this new business despite Santino and Tom being in favour. A ferocious war breaks out between the Mafia families with reciprocal attacks on the Bosses and their representatives. The traditional values of the Godfather are dissolving and there is a tremendous price to pay for the new turn in the family’s business…


Sicily and The Godfather

Most of the filming was done between 29th March and 6th August 1971, mainly in New York, for a total of 77 days’ shooting.The scenes set in Corleone were in fact filmed in the province of Catania, in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, and precisely in Castello degli Schiavi (the castle of the slaves). Other scenes were shot in Forza d’Agrò, in Savoca and in Motta Camastra, in the province of Messina. In Savoca, the famous Bar Vitelli was the setting for the meeting between Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and Apollonia’s father, and the Church of St. Nicholas hosted Michael and Apollonia’s wedding. The Cathedral of SS Annunziata in the province of Messina was the background for the scene where Michael Corleone and his bodyguards walk through the streets of Corleone.