The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola who co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, based on Puzo's best-selling 1969 novel of the same name. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton. It is the first installment in The Godfather trilogy. The story, spanning from 1945 to 1955, chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of one of his sons, Michael Corleone (Pacino), from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.
The Godfather played by Marlon Brando, Robert de Niro and Al Pacino is a great example of what we can expect from a leader : a strong attitude, a dominant body language, a deep voice tonality, the sense of authority, a leader of men. The Godfather represents the Alpha Male in the Mafia community.
Great examples of real alpha males are relatively rare for being mentioned and the Godfather is probably one of the most brilliant example in the history of cinema.
Al Pacino under the role of Micheal Corleone, son of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) shows us how of a weak and a shy man becomes a strong man and a leader.
At the beginning of the story, Michael Corleone is not really involved in the Mafia Business and prefers to stay away. The death of his father will change the game and will awake his inner power and his real face.
We all live under a mask until the brutality of life decides to reveal our true face to the world. It's really interesting to see his evolution and his rapid transformation due to exceptional circumstances.
From all the gangsta movies in the history of cinema, the Godfather is clearly the masterpiece. There is a before and after the Godfather.
Francis Ford Coppola signs a perfect cinematographic composition including charismatic actors, a fabulous music and a high quality photography production. You might watch the Godfather twenty times and you might watch it in a different manner and discovering new elements you didn't notice before.
Michael Corleone excels in the art of manipulation and shows us how we can take lessons from his skills. It's all about self control, attitude and psychology. Whereas in some films it is badly played or overplayed, the Godfather is closer to reality.
We can't deny that characters in the Godfather are charismatic and most of them express a strong and a badass attitude that usually characterize the typical gangsta movie. In a period of time where men seam to loose their manliness, the Godfather is a deep call to order.