Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Godfather Part II

Saturday and Sunday nights, Sharon, Jack and I watched Godfather II. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards at the 47th Academy Awards and became the first sequel to win Best Picture. Its six Oscar wins also included Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro and Best Adapted Screenplay for Coppola and Mario Puzo.

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from the screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo. It stars Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Mariana Hill, and Lee Strasberg.

It is the second installment of The Godfather trilogy. Partially based on Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather, the film is both sequel and prequel to The Godfather. It presents parallel dramas. The sequel follows the 1958 story of Michael Corleone (Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life. The prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone (De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City.

Years and years ago, Sharon and I watched the first film with the intention of working our way through all three; we never did. I enjoyed Godfather II more than I expected I would. I need to go back and watch the first film again in the near future.

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