And the door closes on Kay as her husband, the new Don, is greeted by visitors who bow down to kiss his hand as a sign of respect. Not only because it was such a well-fleshed out character, but also because of Pacino’s impressive acting. It is too late to go back. Each silence measured, and every yell accounted for. The room is dimly lit, almost to the point of near darkness. These gestures and words speak of Don Corleone’s insecurities, but also of his immense power, and the consequent narcissism, which is usually a by-product of such power. The camera angles, the narrative (based on Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel of the same name), the performances, the editing, the score — at no point were these varied departments of filmmaking inharmonious. It maintained this level of excellence for almost the entire duration of the film. She has been brutally assaulted, her nose broken. You can watch The Godfather on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video. His transition is not drastic if you pay attention, if you watch the actor closely. Marlon Brando as Don doesn’t do much in this aforementioned scene. What we hear and see instead is a short Italian man speaking in woeful fashion about his daughter’s tragedy. ‘The learned, silent Michael who knew better, how could he?’ But Kay cannot help it now, the shift has already happened. He doesn’t raise his voice, but listens intently to Wilson and only offers his response using a few words. These horrific details are spoken slowly by this man called Wilson. Like a lovely orchestra group, each unit of cinema supported the other, thereby finally giving us this masterclass of a film. Even within this limited time frame, Pacino does a spell on you as he slowly but surely changes on screen. It is an uncompromising, quietly chilling opening scene, whose likeness would be hard to find. That, of course, we are dealing with a mafia movie, but the kind that will not exaggerate these men’s actions even as they play god, taking and sparing lives at will. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd
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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. It is this transformation that grounds Pacino’s act as the reluctant but capable boss. When the first page of the book is so good, you are only eager to devour the rest of its content as quickly as possible. He feels he has been disrespected and that if Wilson had come to him in the spirit of friendship, he would have not bat an eyelid to “take care of the scum.” It is an act that holds your attention and warns you of the bloodshed and battles ahead. His transition from a somewhat shy, determined man to a don is a visual treat. The police have let go of the perpetrators and he has come to the Don for help. Written by Anvita Singh
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The Godfather released in 1972 and was one of the biggest box office successes of its time. In this seven minute opening sequence, we get many details about the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola directorial. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. He is almost hurt that Wilson comes to him for aid when it is convenient to him, and even then, he doesn’t, “call me godfather,” the Don complains. A marvelous achievement. Diane Keaton’s Kay Adams is worried that Michael is no longer the man she married, that he is changing. Hollywood Rewind: Say Anything | Warm Bodies | Bright Star | Malcolm X | Stardust | Red Eye | Notting Hill | Fargo | The Virgin Suicides | The Breakfast Club | Enchanted | Walk the Line | Blood Diamond | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Mortal Kombat | Bridges of Madison County | Edward Scissorhands | Breakfast at Tiffany’s | She’s Gotta Have It | Ever After | The Devil Wears Prada | The Matrix | Creed | Mulan | Ratatouille | Shutter Island | Her | Dead Poets Society | Sleepless in Seattle | Waitress | Pride and Prejudice | The Dark Knight | Before Sunset | School of Rock | About a Boy | A Few Good Men | 50/50 | Begin Again | Brooklyn | Drive | Chocolat | Batman Begins | 10 Things I Hate About You | The Departed | Freedom Writers | Pretty Woman | Dan in Real Life | Jurassic Park | Tangled | Meet Joe Black | Monster’s Ball | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | You’ve Got Mail | Half Nelson | Fight Club | Doubt | American Psycho | Julie and Julia | Forrest Gump | The Silence of the Lambs | Finding Neverland | Roman Holiday| American History X | Tropic Thunder | Before Sunrise | Scent of a Woman | Finding Forrester | Sixteen Candles
While, among the actors, Brando’s role is more enigmatic and worthy of the spotlight, it is Al Pacino’s act as the reluctant mafia member, Michael Corleone, that won me over. At first, Michael asks her not to intervene in his ‘business.’ But when she doesn’t drop the subject, Michael shouts at her. What is further established is that the performances will be exquisite. Wilson is in pain, he is offered wine by his host. Don Vito Corleone. Superb doesn’t even cut it. On a grand chair is seated a man, but for now, we only see his silhouette. Men attempted to rape her even as she asked for mercy. He cannot be saved. And The Godfather didn’t disappoint. Michael is corrupted. She asks him about the recent killings, twice. We have already discussed the remarkable opening sequence, but let us now talk of the ending.