“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man” – Don Vito Corleone

It’s all about the family.

Today we mark the 45th anniversary of the release of one of arguably the greatest film sagas ever made.

The film is Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather”, based on Mario Puzo’s eponymous series of novels. This film is a truly timeless classic and one of the must-see film masterpieces that every film buff should see at least a few times in his life. Everything in this film is great – acting, directing, music and screenplay. We have the true all-star casting in this one: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton… All their respective characters are performed perfectly and it’s almost painful to watch all that talent on the screen concurrently.

In all honesty, one could say that the life of a mafia family is highly romanticised, that they are bad guys after all, but the fact is no one wants to cover that up (no pun intended). Puzo and Coppola only wanted to show that, after all, criminals are people too, and, if nothing, “The Godfather” paved the way to many more Mafia life-based films to come. Let’s just mention “Goodfellas” and “Casino”, and, of course, the TV show “The Sopranos”. “The Godfather’s” influence is vast, and it still lasts. Let’s put it simply – it was just great filmmaking!

“The Godfather” franchise have produced two more sequels. The first one was highly praised by the critics and audience alike, while the second one… Well, not so much. Be it as it may, the entire trilogy is a worthy addition to the entire film history.

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