Watch the Godfather I at BFI Southbank
The first of Francis Ford Coppola’s epic trilogy about the Corleone crime family is the disturbing story of a son drawn inexorably into his father’s Mafia affairs.
As David Thomson has written, Pacino’s Michael Corleone dominates all three Godfather films: as the ‘good’ son of Mafia capo dei capi Vito (Brando), who is moved by an attack on his father to abandon his military-hero ways and make his first allegiance to family (in both senses of the word), Michael is a brilliantly conceived study in calm, quiet compromise and corruption. Thomson again: Pacino ‘made the poison of vengeance and paranoia absolutely persuasive.’ An endlessly intriguing and rewarding movie.
Feb 1 at 5:20 pm
Feb 10 at 7:40 pm
At the BFI Shouthbank