Just saw it for the third or fourth time last night. What's strikes me the most now, it's Marlon Brando's performance and the great editing allowing Coppola to describe two, three or more actions in the same time. Other striking scenes: the marriage, Sonny's death, Brando's death, what's his name's death, the other's death and Sterling Hayden. Masterpiece.
Masterpiece between masterpieces! Coppola creates an incredible atmosphere -it really feels as if you were there. The movie makes poetry out of violence and love out of family, whichever the circumnstances. Marlon Brando's perfomance is simply superb. Al Pacino supports fine, whereas James Caan and Robert Duvall don´t outstand. Also admirable from the plot is the way it reflects the Italian lore. So unmissingable!
The Godfather shows that nothing dates as fast as comedy as violence. Given a modern day audience's thirst for the arbitrary brutality of crime, isn't the film's focus on organised, family-centred crime passe? Not that I'm a big fan of Bonnie & Clyde, but it has more modern day relevance than The Godfather. In comparison to B&C (and The Sopranos), Godfather also dated for its unchecked myth of machismo.
I'd seen it at least 20 times and every time I re-see it I feel like it was the first. An eternal masterpiece.
No matter how many times I watch this film (and I have watched it innumerable times) it still amazes me. When challenged I am pushed to think of a more finely crafted film. This is true 'lighting in a bottle' and its power and place in cinema history never wane with the passing of time.