Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton. The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
813.54Preceded byFollowed byThe Godfather is a by American author. Originally published in 1969 by, the novel details the story of a fictional family in (and ), headed. Puzo's for The Godfather is ' For Anthony Cleri'. The for The Godfather is ' Behind every great fortune there is a crime. The novel covers the years 1945 to 1955 and provides the back story of Vito Corleone from early childhood to adulthood.The first in a, The Godfather is noteworthy for introducing Italian words like, and to an English-speaking audience. It inspired a. Two film sequels, including new contributions by Puzo himself, were made in.
The first two films are widely held in high esteem as examples of the cinematic arts. Contents.Summary The fights a mob war with the Five Families of the Mafia in the years after. After Don Vito Corleone is shot by men working for drug dealer Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo, Corleone's two sons, Santino ('Sonny') and Michael, must run the family business with the help of Tom Hagen and the two Clemenza and Tessio. When Michael murders Sollozzo and Captain McCluskey, a police officer on the drug lord's payroll, the conflict escalates into a full-scale war which results in Sonny's murder and Michael's promotion to the head of the family. P99 ogre. Under his father's tutelage, Michael orchestrates a plan to relocate the Corleone family's power base to. This culminates in the murder of all of the family's enemies, including his brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi, who played a part in Sonny's murder. Michael then sells the family's businesses in New York and moves the family to Las Vegas.Main characters The Corleone family patriarch is (The Don), whose surname ( for 'Lionheart') recalls the town of,.
His birth name is Vittorio Andolini, but after emigrating to, he changed it to the name of his home village as one of his few acts of sentimentality. Vito fathered four children:,. He also has an informally adopted son, who became the Corleone Family's (counselor). Vito Corleone is also to the famous singer and movie star. The godfather referred to in the title is generally taken to be Vito. However, the story's main character is Michael Corleone. The novel's central storyline details Michael's destiny to succeed his father as the head of the family empire, despite his desire to lead an with his girlfriend (and eventual wife).The Corleone family is a criminal organization with national influence, notably, and racketeering.
Serving as the Don's is his oldest son, Santino. The operational side of the organization is headed by two,. Other significant members of the organization include enforcers Luca Brasi and Albert Neri and upcoming soldier Rocco Lampone.Reception The novel remained on for 67 weeks and sold over nine million copies in two years. Film adaptation. Main article:The film adaptation of the novel was released with as Don Vito Corleone and as Michael Corleone, directed. Mario Puzo assisted with both the writings of the screenplay and other production tasks. The film grossed approximately $269 million worldwide and won various awards, including three, five and one.
The film is considered to be tremendously significant in cinematic history. The sequel, won six, and became the first sequel to win the.The film's plot follows the novel except for such details as backstories of some characters that are excluded, although they were filmed.
Some of this footage was included in later re-edited versions such as, 'The Godfather Saga.' The subplot involving Johnny Fontane in was not filmed. The most significant deviation of the film from the novel was that the latter had a more positive ending than the film in which Kay Corleone accepts Michael's decision to take over his father's business. The film ends with Kay's realization of Michael's callousness, a theme that would develop in the and films, which are largely not based on the original novel. American speedway turbo nitro. Vito Corleone's backstory appeared in the second film, with his character portrayed by.Video game adaptation of the film. Main article:The video game company released a adaptation of The Godfather film on March 21, 2006.
The player assumes the role of a 'soldier' in the family. Prior to his death, provided some for, which was eventually deemed unusable and was dubbed over by a Brando impersonator. Said in April 2005 that he was not informed of Paramount's decision to allow the game to be made and he did not approve of it. Declined to participate, and his likeness was replaced with a different depiction of.Sequels In 1984, Puzo's literary sequel to was published. Titled, it chronicles the life of 'Giuliano' but the Corleone family is featured heavily throughout, in particular. Chronologically this story sits between Michael's exile to in 1950 and his return to the United States.
For copyright reasons, the Corleone family involvement was cut from the, which is not considered part of the.In 2004, published a sequel to Puzo's The Godfather,. A further sequel by Winegardner, was released in 2006. These novels continue the story from Puzo's novel.The Godfather Returns picks up the story immediately after the end of Puzo's The Godfather. It covers the years 1955 to 1962, as well as providing significant backstory for Michael Corleone's character prior to the events of the first novel. The events of the film all take place within the timeframe of this novel, but are only mentioned in the background.
The novel contains an appendix that attempts to correlate the events of the novels with the events of the films.The Godfather's Revenge covers the years 1963 to 1964.Continuing Puzo's habit, as seen in The Godfather, of featuring characters who are close analogs of real-life events and public figures (as Johnny Fontane is an analog of ), Winegardner features in his two Godfather novels analogs of, and, as well as alleged organized crime figure (Carlo Tramonti). In, Winegardner also dramatizes the that took place in, in 1957.Winegardner uses all of the characters from the Puzo novels and created a few of his own, most notably Nick Geraci, a Corleone who plays a pivotal role in the sequel novels. Winegardner further develops characters from the original novel, such as, and Johnny Fontane.In 2012, a prequel based on an unproduced screenplay by Mario Puzo titled, was written. It tells the story of how rises to Don and how and enter the family business.Literary reference The Corleone family closely resembles the Karamazov family in: a powerful father, an impulsive oldest son, a philosophical son, a sweet-tempered son, and an adopted stepson who is maintained as an employee. 's novel (1835) has been the inspiration for notable lines that have gained wide popularity in cinema history.
Similarly, Puzo opened his 1969 novel with an epigraph popularly attributed to Balzac: 'Behind every great fortune there is a crime.' The saying is most likely evolved over time from Balzac's original text: 'The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out because it was properly executed.' 'I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse' was included in both the original Puzo novel and in the. It is the second-ranking cinematic quote included in (2005) by the. Its origin may be from the same work to which Balzac is credited with the opening epigraph. Balzac wrote of telling Eugene: 'In that case, I will make you an offer that no one would decline.'
Real-life influences Large parts of the novel are based upon reality, notably the history of the so-called ', the organization in New York and the surrounding area. The novel also includes many allusions to real-life mobsters and their associates.
For example, Johnny Fontane is based on, and on. In addition, the character of Vito Corleone was a composite of real-life organized crime bosses. Notes and references.