Film Analysis: The Godfather

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The Godfather has been known as one of the greatest films of all time for its unique style of filming and the ability to show the theme throughout the movie in an exclusive manner. The director, Francis Ford Coppola, uses many different film techniques to show the growth and changes in all the characters throughout the course of the film. The movie follows two major characters in addition to everyone else, "Don" Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone. One exceptional element of this motion picture shows the head of the Corleone mafia family, "Don" Vito Corleone, and his youngest son, Michael Corleone, gradually switch places throughout the course of the film. The Godfather uses numerous film techniques, music, and lighting to display the mantel…show more content…
In “The Baptism,” the organ played an important part in conveying the message Coppola was trying to show and provides the tone intended for the montage to have. The organ plays a serene, soothing music signifying a calm and peaceful day for the family. The organ also symbolizes the Catholic church and Michael’s religion that he disobeyed by giving the kill order. In addition, the organ performs low-key music providing a change in tone, from a tranquil melody to a suspenseful one. Music is additionally used in the opening scene of the movie. The movie starts with The Godfather Main Theme to provide a mysterious and somewhat suspenseful tone to the film and then immediately cuts when the first scene starts. This theme plays again numerous times throughout the film to offer the same obscure, enigmatic feel as it did in the opening credits of the movie. Outside Vito’s room, cheerful, lively music plays for the wedding yielding a happy and festive atmosphere while there is a dark, cryptic tone in Vito’s…show more content…
Francis Ford Coppola executed some of the most iconic scenes in film history using a plethora of film techniques, music, and lighting. He used all these appliances at his disposal to compose a marvelous film that would be remembered for all its

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