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5.0 out of 5 stars
Mario Puzo's and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, 22 July 2006
Without doubt the greatest film ever made, and possibly the first part of the best film trilogy ever made, perhaps only beaten by Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. This film is top of imdb.com's list of the top 250 films ever made, and rightly so. Everything to do with this film is perfect. Francis Ford Coppola's and Mario Puzo's screenplay is sensational, and is brought to life by each of the actors. Marlon Brando and Don Vito Corleone, Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, James Caan as Sonny Corleone and Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen are perfectly cast, proving that Coppola's casting ability is alot better than Paramount thought, especially in the cases of Brando and Pacino. The direction by Coppola is quite beautiful as you can feel his passion for the story of the Corleone family throughout this film. Also the post-war setting of the godfather are excellently recreated by the production team. The cinematography by Gordon Willis is astonishing and immensly memorable, as is the score by Nino Rota.
All this adds to the truely magnificent experience of watching this film. The Godfather is perfect in its execution, composition and impact.