The Godfather Legacy: The Untold Story of the Making of the Classic Godfather Trilogy Featuring Never-Before-Published Production Stills

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 25, 2005 - Performing Arts - 286 pages
Here is the official companion to Francis Ford Coppola's masterful trilogy, revised and updated, and packed with more than 100 photographs.

The director was a renegade filmmaker who'd never made a profitable picture. The producer was hired because he could stay below budget. The star had a reputation for being difficult. A formula for disaster?

No, the makings of one of the greatest films of all time.

The Godfather Legacyexplores the fascinating behind-the-scenes intrigue and uproar during the making of all three films:

  • The clashes between Coppola and the studio chiefs during the filming ofThe Godfather,the pressurized production schedule, and the project's near cancellation
  • The real story behind the cooperation of the Mafia in the creation ofThe Godfather
  • The worldwide acclaim and stunning financial success following the release ofThe Godfather --a triumph that set the stage for the film industry's renaissance
  • The production ofThe Godfather Part IIand the rise of Coppola, Al Pacino, and others to the loftiest heights of power in Hollywood
  • The creation ofThe Godfather Part IIItwo decades after the original film and the completion of video projects that unified the three films for the first time

Featuring production records, credits, reviews, and interviews with many of the principals involved,The Godfather Legacyis a rare and vivid peek into the making of three of the most compelling films in Hollywood history.


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A good account of the making of one of the 20th century's best films about Italian-Americans by Italian-Americans. Compared to the giant production troubles and delays of Apocalypse Now (as told in ... Read full review


To the Reader xiii
A Real Terror to the Piece 1
The Great Seducer 13
A Portrait of Treachery 29
The M Word 39
I Will No Longer Allow You to Discuss It 45
Four CornedBeef Sandwiches 51
The Look of a Bulldog 66
The Script Doctor 159
These Guys Dont Go Around Shooting Each Other Anymore 171
I Believe in the Mafia 189
It Was Just a Fantastic Thing 202
The Godfather Legacy 214
The Godfather in 2005 Another Look 259
Bibliography 269
Index 272

Do We Trust This Guy or Not? 90
Its Only a Gangster Picture 100

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