Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Essential Films Podcast: Episode 3 - THE GODFATHER (1972)

On this episode, Adolfo and Mark discuss the greatest gangster film (and arguably one of the top 5 films ever made... period) of all time: Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER.

On this show:

• How were we introduced to the film for the first time?

• Who did Paramount want to direct the film before finally settling on Francis Ford Coppola?

• Our favorite scenes

• The beauty of Gordon "The Prince of Darkness" Willis' cinematography

• The behind-the-scenes stories behind some of the more iconic scenes

• The Johnny Fontane/Frank Sinatra connection

• Which famous actors tested for the parts of Michael and Sonny

• The three insane conditions Paramount gave Coppola if he insisted on hiring Marlon Brando

• How did the studio want to change and "update" the story from the book's original setting of 1940s New York?

• All this and much more. So leave the gun, take the cannoli and join us as we take it to the mattresses. It's an offer you can't refuse.