Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Godfather Part III

Saturday night, Sharon, Jack and I watched The Godfather Part III. We watched The Godfather last weekend and The Godfather Part II two weeks ago.

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from the screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo. It is the third and final installment in The Godfather trilogy. It completes the story of Michael Corleone who attempts to legitimize his criminal empire. The film also includes fictionalized accounts of two real-life events: the 1978 death of Pope John Paul I and the Papal banking scandal of 1981–82. John Paul I died 33 days after becoming Pope.

The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy García, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Bridget Fonda, George Hamilton, and Sofia Coppola. It is the only film in the series not to have Al Pacino nominated for an Academy Award; he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather and for Best Actor for The Godfather Part II.

The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Andy García), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Music, Song (for Carmine Coppola and John Bettis for "Promise Me You'll Remember"). It is the only film in the trilogy not to win for Best Picture or any other Academy Award. The Godfather Trilogy shares the distinction that all of its installments were nominated for Best Picture.

This is not a very good movie. I am frankly surprised that it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. I only recommend it in the context of the three film arc. At two hours and fifty minutes, it feels very long. The concluding thirty minutes in the Opera House seem to drag on forever...

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