The Godfather Cinema

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Another reason for The Godfather being a masterpiece of cinema is the film’s reception and cultural influence. Upon its release, The Godfather received acclaim from both critics and audiences as well. Critics and people alike praised the film for its capture of the time period and places it features, along with the performance of the cast and the score of the movie. Most critics of then and today cite the film as one of the most influential films of all time, which even shows with review websites that have been used today. The movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes has a critic rating of ninety-nine percent based on eighty-five reviews and an audience rating of ninety-nine percent. Another widely known review website, Metacritic, has the movie…show more content…
One of the main and defining themes of The Godfather is family. The movie centers around the Corleone family who is also one of the Five Families of New York. With this family and loyalty to the family is important to the Corleones in their mob affairs as they are operated by the family and they need to trust each other to carry out these affairs, along with caring greatly for their family members. Even without their relations the mob, however, for most characters, family can be seen as something more important to than religion or any other principle. The theme of family is also important to the Corleones by their Sicilian roots, and in the film, Sicily is a place of traditions and customs, and the importance of family can be viewed as one of those customs to the Corleones, even without their operation of a crime syndicate. For Michael, he does care about his family greatly, but at the beginning of the film, he wishes not to be involved with the business of his family’s more sinister affairs. After the attempt on Don Vito’s life, however, Michael agrees to help the family affairs and kill the Sollozzo and Mccluskey, knowing the consequences of it. He then steps up as the Don of the Corleone family and finishes the affairs with the other Families. Don Vito Corleone, also cares greatly for his family, throwing a great wedding for his daughter, being proud Michael…show more content…
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