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Facts About the Godfather... Coppola's Masterpiece

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Facts about The Godfather... Coppola 's masterpiece

According to the film's producer Al Rudy, "It was the most miserable movie I've ever worked on", "no one ever enjoyed a day of work on it", with Coppola agreeing, "It was a constant concern, and I always wondered when I would get fired."

It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won three of them, and achieved a relatively small budget of $6 million over $245 million worldwide, but it was not easy for director Francis Ford Coppola in 1972, or anyone on the crew of The Godfather, to achieve the drama behind the cameras.

Francis Ford Coppola was fired while filming the film

Francis Ford Coppola (who received the job because of his previous film The Rain People) was not Paramount's first studio director in The Godfather. Elia Kazan, Arthur Penn, Richard Brooks, and Costa Guavas all tried for the position, but the reason they chose Coppola was because he was young (the studio directors thought he would be cheaper than hiring a senior director), and because he was also of Italian descent. So, it wasn't successful; Because she didn't handle it from an internal point of view.

After filming began, the executives did not like the sensational, dramatic, and conversational way Coppola was filming, and the studio wanted a more violent film about the gang world. They constantly threatened to fire him (they even brought in one of the directors, put him on alert, waiting for the order to replace Coppola at any moment).

Coppola was about to be fired until he finished filming the scene where Michael kills Solozzo and McCluskey, which the producers saw, loved, and kept him at work.

The producers were not allowed to use the word Mafia in the film.

Since the release of The Godfather, a Mafia underworld production, the film has met with acrimonitions from various sources, including singer Frank Sinatra, and the Italian American Civil Rights Association, headed by former mob leader and contract killer Joseph Colombo, leading opposition campaigns against the film that began with peaceful protests, including a rally at Madison Square Park in New York that raised $500,000 in donations to stop production.

Things soon got worse, and the campaign went on to intimidate the film's staff. During the League's attempts to stop filming, in an attempt to calm the situation, producer Al Rudy invited League president Joe Colombo to his office for a deal and truce, with Colombo and his crew demanding that Rudy remove any mention of the word "Mafia" from the film's script.

Paramount Studio agreed to the request and the association believed it had been a great victory, as Colombo did not realize that there was only one use of the word "Mafia" in the text, though it was removed from the film.

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Robert De Niro auditioned for Sony, but Coppola noticed that he was too violent for the role, though he saw it as a distinctive talent. He chose him for a very important future role, as De Niro later appeared in the series as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.

Opening scene for The Godfather

Before taking the lead in The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning Patton, which featured one of cinema's most popular opening scenes of the 20th century, while Coppola was the screenplay for The Godfather. Coppola commented that the most important part of the book is the one where people come to the don on his daughter's wedding day and ask for his help; Because on that day he could not refuse anyone's request, and this is what appeared in the story of the undertaker at the beginning of the film, and also the idea that the laws of the country do not always protect citizens Copula began filming the scene using the "Zoom" shot of the undertaker's face, and then slowly began expanding the scene for two minutes and 20 seconds, before the camera stabilized for another 30 seconds .

while the undertaker whispered into the ear of Don Corleone.

The film's music was honored, and then rejected by the Academy Awards
Nino Rota, a well-known Italian composer, was chosen as the composer of The Godfather to give the film a taste and feel. The result of the collaboration was so spectacular that the soundtrack became a major and iconic part of the film, and one of the most popular pieces of American cinema. Although Rota was nominated for an Academy Award for his music in the film, the nomination was later withdrawn; This is because part of Love's music had previously appeared (albeit slightly differently) in the 1958 Italian comedy Fortonella (move to 50 second in the video below for the original).

Coppola took advantage of Lenny Montana's acting blunders to his advantage.

Lenny Montana, who played Luca Bras, was a professional wrestler and member of the Colombo Mafia family before becoming an actor.

He was on set with the leader of the Colombo gang to monitor the filming, making sure the word Mafia was not mentioned in the script when he met director Francis Faust Coppola, offering him the role of Luca .

While filming in The Godfather's office with Marlon Brando, Montana was too nervous to act in front of a legendary actor such as Brando.

He did not perform a single scene for the film during a full shooting day, and because Coppola did not have time to re-shoot the scene, he added a new one for Luca , shooting him as he rehearsed his sentences before meeting The Godfather in the office; This makes Montana's bad scenes appear to be part of Bracy's character, who was simply too nervous to talk to the godfather.


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