The Godfather Message Board
toneng posts a message on 10/30/2009 11:27:33 PM
Does anyone know the name of the actor that garotes Luca?
Zeke Steiner posts a message on 11/7/2005 12:46:03 AM
The Godfather illustrates Coppola's theory of a movie made for an active rather than a passive audience. He creates a film in which the viewer can participate, unlike The Exorcist, for example, which encourages the audience merely to sit back and be acted upon. There are few angle shots to stimulate audience response. The camera is usually head-on to the scene, with either a three-quarter view of the actor, a full head-to-toe shot, or a simple close-up. Also, Coppola moves his camera as little as possible. A case in point is the scene in which Sonny Corleone is murdered at the toll both. The entire scene is filmed at distance with a stable camera. The audience participates in the total scene rather than having its attention forced on certain details and its emotions excited by a wildly zooming and panning camera. The death of Don Corleone is the garden is filmed in the same way. The audience is given the scene from a neutral distance, without emphasis, and it can choose whatever it wants to look at. Coppola refuses to manipulate his viewers, he does not try to force them to respond in a preconceived way. Zeke Steiner
Ezekiel Steiner posts a message on 11/7/2005 12:37:51 AM
The film shows the true character of organized violence – its essential lack of excitement and passion. It also shows how two basically good, innocent men, Don Corleone and his son Michael, could be corrupted by the violent worlds they live in. Ezekiel Steiner
Corleone posts a message on 2/14/2005 11:59:12 PM
There's never been a better movie, ever.
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