Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (based on his novel)
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, and Talia Shire
This is the Mafia movie–along with its two sequels–against which all other pale. The story of Mafia Don Corleone’s (Brando) rise to power and ruthless life is depicted in an epic film, well acted, directed, and stunningly photographed. An outstanding, if mannered, performance by Brando won him the Oscar for Best Actor. The film also won for Best Screenplay and Best Picture but not Best Director. There is also an outstanding score by Nino Rota, who did most of the music for Fellini’s pictures.
This movie was a family affair in more ways than one. Talia Shire is Coppola’s sister and the infant in the baptism scene is Coppola’s daughter, Sofia, who also later appeared in The Godfather, Part III.