On the 24th of March in 1971 an epic criminal drama “The Godfather” by Francis Ford Coppola was released. In a moment, from young to old, “The Godfather” captured attention of many millions of viewers, critics and politics – every man who was somehow connected with cinema and society. This film can be admired, this film can be criticized, but the fact remains - this film cannot be ignored. “The Godfather” became a brilliant masterpiece, which changed the very concept of what is real movie and in what direction the film industry should develop. One by one the "Godfather" won award by award, conquering film festival by film festival climbing higher and higher in the list of the greatest films in the history of cinema: 12 awards, including 3 Oscar …show more content…
America has made my fortune", a great sense of this film is contained in this opening phrase. The scene immediately becomes tense as soon as the camera starts to slowly move back, close-up shooting a person on the verge, Bonasera, a father, who lived and work honestly for his family and whose live was crushed by hands of rascals. The figure of Bonasera contrasted against a dark background but still staying in the shadows, while we see everything from the perspective of the Godfather sitting in the dark and listening to the petitions, brilliant stage lighting and framing. The cinematography of this movie was smooth with all scenes because Coppola did close-up scenes whenever necessary, and in every single scene the viewer can follow the story to the next scene without wondering what is going on or why. “The Godfather” remains essentially dark and tasteful, and colors are used perfectly to give a true feel of the era it is set in. There is a fair amount of violence, which was accurately filmed; it is not just a mindless violence, which remains rarely gratuitous. Every single sound effect used was played well within each scene, making the scene effective in making it seem real to the viewer. When there are outdoor scenes the viewer can hear the wind, birds, traffic, and other outdoor noises. When the scenes take place indoors, the viewer can hear the footsteps, door shutting or opening, and other indoor noises, which are appropriate for the scene. Praised by many as the best cast to ever appear in an American movie, all the cast in “The Godfather” succeeds in portraying complex, three-dimensional characters without ever making a slip. The exceptional portrayals of Don Vito and Michael Corleone respectively by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, the performances by Robert Duvall, James Caan and Diane Keaton as Tom Hagen, Santino Corleone and Kay Adams, the ruthless Virgil Sollozzo played by Al Lettieri -- as well as more
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After discussing multiple of Scorsese’s other films the author, Robert Casillo, moves on to discuss the real Henry Hill, his rise to power, and his betrayal of the crime “family” he worked for. Robert Casillo also discusses the acting of the main characters and previously famous actors, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta. Specifically, Casillo compares the acting of the main characters to the actions of the real-life people that their characters were based on, and the representation the actors portrayed them
It did have guns, violence, expensive Cadillac cars and nice suits, however the way Scorsese told the story was something new. We got to a personal level with the protagonist, we heard his thoughts and emotions, witnessed his weak moments. This was not explored in the genre as in depth as it was in Goodfellas. The audience doesn’t get the immediate sense of a rise of power because the protagonist is doomed never to reach nobility as we do see in such films as Scarface and Public Enemy. The Protagonist, Henry Hill, would have never been a leader or boss of the mob family due to his Irish inheritance.
ARTS1501 Abigail Natnat March 30, 2016 N01100811 Film Essay Assignment The first sequence is the last scene from Apocalypse Now (1979) which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This scene is popularly known as “The Horror” and is a hybrid of classical paradigm and formalist style. It is a classical paradigm because the sequence is actually going about with a story which means that some of the parts are continually edited revealed to be in one setting which is the jungle where Captain Willard takes on with his assigned mission to deal with Colonel Kurtz. On the other hand, the scene is also a formalist style which particularly touches on each of the montage types.
As a result, The Godfather ends up becoming a successful blockbuster, but it’s also artistic, and reflective of our society. The Godfather caters to both casual and critical audiences. Coppola uses graphic violence to draw in casual viewers, but he draws in critical viewers by having the film become a social critique of society. Auteur films are meant to give us a view of the world. In addition, the film draws parallels between the mafia and the police, by essentially stating that our society is corrupt.
Cinematography is critical to the success of any movie. Cinematography uses composition, lighting, depth of field, and camera angles to determine what the audience sees. Casablanca’s cinematography directs the audience’s attention, shapes the audiences feelings, and reveals the theme of the movie. Cinematography directs the audience’s attention and acts as the viewer’s eyes. The cinematography highlights Casablanca as a dangerous place filled with deception.
The public has romanticized the “outlaw” and their free sense of living, since the early stories of Robin Hood (Reed Web). With the arrival of films such as Little Caesar and Scarface the gangster film rose in its popularity. These films were very different from those being produced at the time. Gangster films did not stray aways from explicit violence and topics of concern. Gangster crime films were modern in comparison to the other films being released that production codes were reevaluated and restrictions were changed.
The director Martin Scorsese’s characterizes the New York mafia in the film Goodfellas on the basis of a true story, and the commonality that Scorsese has with the director Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Great Gatsby (2013), is that they share a depiction of characters in New York organized crime which creates the cinematic mood reflecting different eras. The cinematic language of both directors’ communicates to viewers by way of their artistic use of mise-en-scène, staging and design, as well as composition in a drama genre. The film Goodfellas departs from the consistent violence of a gangster film genre through the way Scorsese portrays the characters. For example, the scene where Henry’s (Ray Liotta) voice-over point of view shifts to his wife Karen (Lorraine Bracco), she describes her average lifestyle, and later the film depicts mise-en-scène in the expensive parties, family gatherings, poker gambling games, and restaurant/night club gatherings.
After watching The Godfather, one of the main characters that really stood out was Tom Hagen, played by Robert Duval. We see from watching the movie that family is important to the Corleone family, and Tom is a key factor to keeping the family together as their consigliere. Though he is not related by blood or marriage, he was brought in and raised as a son and brother. His loyalty to the Corleone’s is unfathomable, and this is well represented as he is the right-hand man to the Don. He also acts as the form of reason and consciousness within the mobster realm amongst the men.
The characterization in the film Goodfellas by director Martin Scorsese is based on a true story of the Italian mafia, and the commonality the director Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby (20013) share is an organized crime theme. Both film directors express the unique composition of mise-en-scène. The sets, costumes in the films are realistic to each time period in which they are set. The films elements of mise-en-scene influence the viewer’s a psychological sentiment in relation with the film.
Many say the best aspect of this film was its cinematography which greatly affected the feel and look throughout. From the opening credits to the last scene of the film the Cinematography was very important, the first scene of the film Jake LaMotta is alone preparing for a fight in a smoky ring. While this scene was shot in slow motion, with its wide angle lens which enlarged the size of the boxing ring. The use of the close frame composition techniques makes the viewers notice that Jake LaMotta is completely
The critically acclaimed film, Goodfellas, is a gangster crime drama that features an incredible amount of talent. Household names such as: Robert De Niro (Jimmy Conway), Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito), Paul Sorvino (Paul Cicero), and promising stars like Ray Liotta (Henry Hill) and Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill), attracted numerous Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. That type of cast power, linked with the signature talent of Martin Scorsese as a director, made for cinematic gold. Unquestionably, the actors and actresses did an excellent job augmenting the verisimilitude of this film and compelling audiences to empathize with their characters. But the cinematography in this film plays just as large a role in having audiences feel what the characters
“Those with Italian-American ethnicity replied with: "good food, intelligent, charming, easy to get along with, etc" (Web). While the non-Italian-American heritage replied with: "Mafia, greedy, sneaky, good food, New York, violence, accents, etc." That is proof that Italian Americans are stereotyped against. Just because the movies portray them as criminals type people does not mean that they are all actually criminals. Another stereotype found in this movie is about one of the main characters Michael, he was the youngest son of the head of the Corleone family.
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Submitted by: Marcus Timothy L. Montaos Submitted to: Prof. Valerie Anne C. Miranda English 2 / IT1421 Comparative Analysis: Scarface (1983) and The Godfather (1972) I. Introduction Scarface is a crime-drama film that is famously known for being one of the most violent and profanes films during its time of release. Focusing on the rise of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) on the criminal ladder and becoming more psychotic as his career as the leader of his drug empire progresses, leading to his eventual downfall. Directed by Brian de Palma, written by Oliver Stone and with performance of the cast with the lead Al Pacino, Scarface became a cult classic among the masses.
The Godfather (1972) is said to be one of the greatest films ever made. When this movie was released in 1972, it was nominated for Ten Academy Awards and it won three: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was adapted from the book with the same name written by award winning author of mafia fiction, Mario Puzo. This film takes place in a span of ten years following the life of Don Corleone, the head of the Corleone Crime Family. It was a film that changed the history of cinema, introducing a very talented filmmaker and several acting legends in the telling of a story of a Sicilian Crime Family.