Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo collaborated on the screenplay for The Godfather, an American crime drama released in 1972. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton are among the actors who appear in the movie. It is the first film in the trilogy of The Godfather. The narrative, which takes place between 1945 and 1955, follows the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), with particular attention paid to how his youngest son, Michael Corleone (Pacino), went from being a reluctant family outsider to a ruthless mafia boss.
Before it became well-known, Paramount Pictures paid $80,000 for the rights to the book. The first few applicants turned down the position before Coppola agreed to direct the picture, and then there was contention over the casting of several characters, most notably Vito and Michael. Studio executives struggled to find a director. The majority of the filming, which took place on location in Sicily and New York City, was finished ahead of schedule. Nino Rota composed the majority of the music for the film, with additional pieces by Carmine Coppola.
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Synopsis Of The Godfather
Don of the Corleone crime family Vito Corleone attends to requests at his daughter Connie’s wedding to Carlo in 1945 in New York City. At the reception, Michael, the youngest son of Vito and a former Marine, introduces his girlfriend Kay Adams to his family. Vito’s godson Johnny Fontane, a well-known singer, asks Vito for assistance in landing a movie role. Tom Hagen, Vito’s consul, is sent to convince studio head Jack Woltz to offer Johnny the role. After discovering the severed head of his prized stallion in his bed, Woltz agrees.
Near Christmas, drug lord Sollozzo approaches Vito and requests protection from the law as well as investment in his drug business. Vito declines, stating that taking part in drugs would cause his political connections to become hostile. Vito sends his enforcer Luca Brasi to meet with the Tattaglias because he is suspicious of Sollozzo’s association with the Tattaglia crime family.
Brasi is killed by being garroted during the meeting. Later, enforcers shoot and kill Vito while capturing Hagen. Sonny Corleone, the family patriarch, is now in charge, and Sollozzo puts Hagen under pressure to convince Sonny to agree to the drug deal. Sonny hits Bruno Tattaglia as payback for Luca’s passing. Following the clearing out of Vito’s guards by NYPD officers working for Sollozzo, Michael visits Vito in the hospital after he survives the shooting and discovers him there unprotected.
Michael stops a second attempt on his father’s life, but Mark McCluskey, a dishonest police captain, beats him. To resolve the conflict, Sollozzo and McCluskey ask to meet with Michael. While pretending to be interested and agreeing to the meeting, Sonny and Corleone capo Clemenza come up with a scheme for Michael to kill the two men and then flee. At a restaurant in the Bronx, Michael meets Sollozzo and McCluskey and shoots both of them to death using a handgun Clemenza had hidden in the bathroom.
The Five Families engage in open warfare despite a crackdown by the authorities following the murder of a police captain. While Fredo, Vito’s second son, is protected by Moe Greene in Las Vegas, Michael seeks safety in Sicily. Carlo is publicly attacked and vilified by Sonny for abusing Connie physically. When he mistreats her once more, Sonny rushes to their house but is ambushed and killed by gangsters at a toll booth on the highway. In Sicily, Michael falls in love with and marries Apollonia, a local woman, but she is killed soon after by a car bomb meant for Michael.
Filming Location Of The Godfather
Mansion Corleone, Staten Island
The residence that served as the Corleone mansion is situated at 110 Longfellow Avenue on a cul-de-sac in the Emerson Hill section of Staten Island, and it looks different now than it did during filming.
Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall
The Midtown Manhattan location of Radio City Music Hall (1260 Avenue of the Americas) has frequently appeared in movies, including Annie, Rosemary’s Baby, and Rocky III. The Art Deco building’s exterior is covered in red-and-blue neon signage that stands out among the dozens of neighboring skyscrapers.
Hotel St. Regis in Manhattan
St. Regis is situated in Midtown and is a half-mile stroll northeast of Radio City Music Hall (2 E. 55th St.). The 18-story Beaux-Arts structure was one of the city’s first skyscrapers and was constructed by business tycoon John Jacob Astor IV. Since its debut in 1904, it has housed upscale lodging.
Manhattan’s Mietz Building and Fruit Stand
In the movie, the Corleone family establishes Genco Pura Olive Oil as a front for their dubious business dealings. The family would hold regular business meetings at the brick structure marked by a brick nameplate that reads “Mietz Building,” which is located at 128 Mott Street in a part of Little Italy that is now regarded as being in Chinatown.
At one such meeting, Don Vito Corleone rejects Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo’s offer to join him in the drug business and is subsequently shot multiple times by hitmen from the rival Tattaglia family.
Brooklyn hotel St. George
This ten-story hotel in Brooklyn Heights (111 Hicks St.) was once the biggest in the city, with more than 2,600 guest rooms, 17 ballrooms, and a state-of-the-art saltwater swimming pool. It was built in 1885 by Captain William Turnbridge, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
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