Saturday night, Sharon, Jack and I watched The Godfather. We watched Godfather II last weekend.
The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.
Spanning from 1945 to 1955, the story chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando). It focuses on the transformation of one of his sons, Michael Corleone (Pacino), from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.
At the 45th Academy Awards, the film won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Puzo and Coppola). It received seven other Oscar nominations including Pacino, Caan, and Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director. Brando boycotted the ceremony in protest of Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans and to draw attention to the standoff at Wounded Knee.
I enjoyed the movie more than I expected. I recommend it.
As a footnote, running on the treadmill on Saturday afternoon, I watched an episode from the first season of Saturday Night Live. It included a skit with Peter Boyle and John Belushi doing Dueling Brandos. Unfortunately, the clip in YouTube only includes the audio, not video, of the skit.
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