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THE GODFATHER, PART II (1974)

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In the opinion of some critics, producer-writer-director Francis Ford Coppola did the impossible by creating a sequel that actually surpassed the original. He deepened the meanings of The Godfather (1972) by paralleling two narratives. In the early 20th century, the young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) builds a powerful criminal empire. In the late 1950s, his son Michael (Al Pacino) survives challenges to his inherited power as his family falls apart. In praising the film, Pauline Kael called it “an epic vision of the corruption of America.” When Paramount approached Coppola about making a sequel to The Godfather, he was so exhausted from the first film he only wanted to produce. It took numerous concessions, including funding for The Conversation (1974) and the chance to write the screenplay for The Great Gatsby (1974), to change his mind. Then he had to re-write his script over a weekend to convince Pacino to return and find a replacement for Richard Castellano, who refused to reprise his role as Peter Clemenza. For Coppola’s efforts, he scored another box-office hit and six Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actor (De Niro). Although it received mixed reviews initially, it is now regarded as one of the great American movies. (d. Francis Ford Coppola, 202m, DCP)

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