Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Godfather (1972)

The IMDB trivia section for The Godfather is so long that I couldn't read it all in one sitting. Among the items listed is the body count in the film: 18 including the horse, which was an actual dead horse (well, the head) that was procured from a dog food factory. Another interesting bit is the fact that Mario Puzo, who didn't speak Italian, either got the use of the title "Don" wrong, or decided that he was going to start a new trend. Since, even in those days, addressing someone as "Don" in Italian was a little like addressing them as "Uncle" in English, you would say "Don Vito" instead of "Don Corleone". Anyway, what else can I say that hasn't been said already? It's still one of those films, like Star Wars or The Princess Bride, where thinking it's not one of the all-time best is tantamount to treason. If you were to announce to a bar full of drunk college kids that you hated Citizen Kane, most likely none of them would care. But I wouldn't recommend trying the same thing with The Godfather.

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