The Annotated Godfather [EPUB]
24 July 2014, 05:30
2009 | EPUB | 10.8MB
This fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay of The Godfather presents all the little-known details and behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the landmark film.
The Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, from its brilliant cinematic innovations and its memorable, oft-quoted script to it magnificent cast, including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and others who are now among the most celebrated actors of our time. And yet, the history of its making is so colorful, so chaotic, that one cannot help but marvel at the seemingly insurmountable odds it overcame to become a true cinematic masterpiece, a film that continues to captivate us decades after its release.
Now, thirty-five years after The Godfather's highly anticipated debut, comes this fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay. Virtually every scene is examined including:
- Fascinating commentary on technical details about the filming and shooting locations
- Tales from the set, including the arguments, the accidents, and the practical jokes
- Profiles of the actors and stories of how they were cast
- Deleted scenes that never made the final cut
- Goofs and gaffes that did
Fascinating facts from behind-the-scenes of The Annotated Godfather:
- Actor Richard Castellano (Clemenza) actually ad-libbed the now-famous line, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."
- Nearly 750 extras were bussed to a location on Staten Island where the wedding scene was shot, along with thousands of cookies, yard-wide trays of lasagna, barrels of beer, gallons of wine, and a six-foot-high wedding cake. The food had to be replenished every day for four days.
- Marlon Brando was crowned best prankster on the set and awarded a heavyweight-style belt emblazoned with the title "Moon Champion," in reference to his favorite type of prank.
- In order to help actor Al Martino (Johnny Fontane) express emotion in his scene with Don Corleone, Marlon Brando surprised him by whacking him across the face just before the cameras started to roll.
- The woman who kisses newborn Michael Rizzi on the church steps is Italia Coppola, Francis's mom.
Interviews with former Paramount executives, cast and crew membersŚfrom the producer to the makeup artistŚand director Francis Ford Coppola round out the commentary and shed new light on everything you thought you knew about this most influential film. The more than 200 photographs from the film, from behind-the-scenes, and from the cutting room floor make this a visual feast for every Godfather fan.
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