Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Trilogy

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Nick Browne
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 191 pages
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The Godfather trilogy is among the most significant works of Hollywood cinema of the last quarter century. They provide a richly complex look at a whole segment of American life and culture spanning almost the whole century. In six essays, written especially for this volume, The Godfather trilogy is re-examined from a variety of perspectives. Providing analyses on the form and significance of Coppola's achievement, they demonstrate how the filmmaker revised the conventions of the American crime film in the Viet Nam era, his treatment of the capitalism of the criminal underworld and its inherent violence, the power struggles within Hollywood over the film, and the contribution of opera to the epic force and cinematic style of Coppola's vision of an American criminal dynasty. The Godfather articulates the themes, styles, mythologies, performances, and underlying cultural values that have made the film a modern classic.
 

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This is a great collection of essays that examine all three of The Godfather films, which were directed by Francis Ford Coppola. There is a nice section on the history of the production of the films ... Read full review

Contents

If History Has Taught Us Anything Francis Coppola Paramount Studios and The Godfather Parts I II and III
23
The Godfather and the Mythology of Mafia
57
The Representation of Ethnicity in The Godfather
76
Ideology and Genre in the Godfather Films
109
Family Ceremonies or Opera in The Godfather Trilogy
133
Filmography
157
Reviews of The Godfather Trilogy
167
Select Bibliography
183
Index
185
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