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The film The Godfather turns 50 and is re-released restored and “limited”

The film The Godfather turns 50 and is re-released restored and

this 2022 It will be half a century since the premiere of one of the most popular and classic films of all time: The Godfather. On the occasion of this celebration, Paramount Pictures announced that Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film will have a limited re-release in theaters starting on February 25.

considerate one of the most influential of the gangster film genre, there are many people who did not have the opportunity to see it on the big screen. That is why the production company Paramount and Coppola’s production company, American Zoetrope, made a meticulous restoration of the trilogy over three years.

Coppola’s word

“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defines the first third of my creative life,” Coppola said in a statement.

The Godfather.  The Saga Of Francis Ford Coppola Will Have A New Life.

The Godfather. The saga of Francis Ford Coppola will have a new life.

“With this 50th anniversary tribute, I am especially pleased that the coda of The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, The passing of Michael Corleone, has been included, as it captures the original vision Mario and I had for the ultimate conclusion to our epic trilogy.”

It refers to the new version of The Godfather III, released in early 2021, which is shorter than the original and has some major differences at the beginning and end.

the restoration

It has been a privilege to restore these films, in a work that filled us with admiration every day we dedicated to the process,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president of Paramount Archives.

“We have seen firsthand how the brilliant photography, the score, the production design, the costume design, the editing, the performances and, of course, the writing of the script and the direction became much more than the sum of its parts,” he added.

Al Pacino, One Of The Figures That Stood Out In &Quot;The Godfather&Quot;.

Al Pacino, one of the figures that stood out in “The Godfather”.

The statement details that, for the realization of the new master, over 300 boxes of film rolls were examined, to find the best possible resolution for each frame of each of the movies.

More than four thousand hours were dedicated to repair different anomalies, such as stains and tears, and over a thousand hours of color correction, all overseen by Coppola and director of photography Gordon Willis.

In addition to the 5.1 audio approved by Walter Murch in 2007, the original mono tracks of The Godfather Y The Godfather Part II.

A masterpiece

For Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Meant The First Third Of His Creative Life.  Photo Efe/Juanjo Martin

For Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather meant the first third of his creative life. Photo EFE/Juanjo Martin

A Shakespearean drama hidden behind a gangster story? A psychological portrait of the rise -and subsequent fall- of a man who wanted to have it all and in the process lost his soul? A parallel history of the United States of America?

all that can be The Godfather , one of the most celebrated and influential films in the history of cinema, at the height of The citizen and not many more. It is a totem of Hollywood cinema, as influential as it is revered, as unique in its combination of universes and factors, as unrepeatable as certain magical accidents in the history of cinema.

Behind the scenes of a classic

The story behind The Godfather has been told and retold in dozens of books and documentaries that tell of how a young, inexperienced independent director named Francis Ford Coppola ended up taking over directing a film that was seemingly beyond his means..

It was a great Paramount Pictures production based on a best-seller of the time, written by Mario Puzo. The studio disagreed on her casting choices. (nobody wanted either the troublesome Marlon Brando, or a “short, ugly, unknown” actor named Al Pacino) and he didn’t trust Coppola to the point of having a replacement on hand throughout the shoot.

Pacino And Brando.  Coppola Did Everything To Have Them In &Quot;The Godfather&Quot;.

Pacino and Brando. Coppola did everything to have them in “The Godfather”.

Coppola suffered filming but he saw his career transform from one day to the next. The Godfather It is the story of a family (the Corleones), of its contradictions, its internal fights and its conflicts, but also of the love they profess, of the border limits that this nucleus imposes on the outside and of the tragic destiny that this same alliance generates for them. , opening a weak flank for them in the face of aggression, internal or external.

The dark side of the United States

But The Godfather would not have transcended as it did were it not for the themes that dominate it, for his vision of the dark side of the american dream. “Senators and presidents don’t order people killed,” Kay -Diane Keaton- tells Michael. “Who is naïve?” , he replies.

The Godfather, A Classic That Set Fire To Gangster Cinema.

The Godfather, a classic that set fire to gangster cinema.

Tells a parallel story of the 20th century in the United States -that of immigrants adhering to their own rules, uses and customs- and manages to turn this almost idealized family of gangsters into a reflection of the different ways, contradictory to each other, of accessing power: violence versus negotiation, force versus calculation, explosion versus patience.

No one knew then, but The family of The Godfather it would be sustained for three films and would end up becoming a reflection and prototype of a century of historyIn addition to having unexpected consequences.

For Hollywood, it was the salvation from one of its worst crises (creative and economic) in history and proof that the new generations of filmmakers could access the masses. For Coppola, the end of his independence, the beginning of the myth and a fairly heavy burden to bear until today.

For the public, finally, a feast of hours of pure cinematic pleasure. And now an opportunity to see it in cinema that no one should miss.


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