15 little-known facts about the epic crime drama "The Godfather"
Epic gangster saga "The Godfather" is considered one of the best movies of all time. This film is quoted, he imitated and admired.
Excellent, bright scene, brilliant directing Coppola, a terrific game Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, great music - all this made the film "The Godfather" unforgettable.
gangster film with dialogue or drama shooting
Francis Ford Coppola was on the brink of dismissal.
Francis Ford Coppola (who was trusted to shoot because of his previous film "The Rain People") was not the first choice for the role of director. Prior to this, the proposal to remove "The Godfather" refused to Elia Kazan, Arthur Penn, Richard Brooks and Costa-Gavras. And after filming began, the producers were unhappy with the fact that the film turns into a drama with a lot of dialogue. They wanted gangster film with a lot of shooting, so constantly threatened to fire Coppola.
Coppola desperately defended the famous logo.
The studio originally wanted to change the famous and iconic logo from today "with string puppets" (which was first created by a graphic designer S. Neil Fujita for a novel). Coppola insisted on keeping the logo, because the co-wrote the script with author Mario Puzo novel.
the Paramount wanted to save
New York need to shoot in New York. The director also insisted on keeping the timing and place of the story. To reduce the cost of props, the Paramount asked Coppola upgrade script so that the plot is developed in 1972, as well as to shoot a film in Kansas City, but not in the more expensive New York. Coppola convinced the producers that the film should be removed to New York for events occurring after the Second World War.
Family dinners help get used to the role of
Director's installation - do not go out of the image.
Coppola spent improvisational rehearsals, during which the actors invited to a family dinner. At the same time they had to be in the way of your character.
The intrigues, backstage ... Brando!
On the Paramount did not claim Marlon Brando.
When Coppola originally referred to the fact that Brando could play in a role of Vito Corleone, the head of Paramount Charles Blahdorn Coppola said that the actor will never appear in any movie Paramount. The studio wanted to invite to the role Laurence Olivier, but secretly called Brando Coppola on the test shooting. When Coppola showed studio shot footage, then allowed Brando to appear on.
Al Pacino was not the only candidate for the role of Michael Corleone
The studio would have preferred to see in the role of Robert Redford or Ryan O'Neal, but Coppola always wanted to play Michael was Al Pacino.
De Niro auditioned for the role of Sonny
is too hard for the role of Sonny.
Robert De Niro auditioned for the role of Sonny, but Coppola felt that his personality was too brutal for the role. De Niro later appeared as the young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather 2" and won the award for Best Supporting Actor.
Coppola lot of improvising
To add a sense of reality in the wedding scene (and also because he only had two days to shoot), Coppola completely improvised during these scenes.
Stuttering Lenny Montana
Coppola corrects errors in the course of shooting.
Lenny Montana, who played Luca Brasi, was a professional wrestler before becoming an actor. He is so nervous that he constantly got lost during a dialogue with Brando during a scene in the godfather's office. Because Coppola did not have time to reshoot the scene, he added a new one, where Luca Brasi rehearses his conversation with Vito Corleone and his stuttering explains excitedly.
The house on Staten Island
Residence Corleone was present and was on Staten Island.
The residence has been put up for sale in 2014, slightly less than $ 3 million.
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Cat godfather was wandering.
During his daily walks on the set of Coppola often I saw a stray cat. On the day in the office shooting scene Vito director asked Brando to take the animal in his arms. Brando so liked the cat, she sat at the actor on his knees all day long.
All to be honest
Al Pacino preferred the old-fashioned shooting.
He really hit yourself to look natural when shooting further (before his character through the story punched in the face).
a horse head in the bed was real.
It was not a fake - a severed head brought to the local slaughterhouse.
"Do not forget the cannoli"
"Do not forget the cannoli" - like Clemenza's wife, who leaves the house. In this scenario, it was not, but the director condescended inspiration insert dialogue scene where a character asks his wife to buy a popular Italian treat for dessert.
Intermission is not needed.
175-minute film by the standards of Hollywood too long. Initially it was assumed "intermission", but then the filmmakers felt that it would destroy the atmosphere.