Send the link below via email or IMCopy
Present to your audienceStart remote presentation
- Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
- People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
- This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
- A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
- Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article
Do you really want to delete this prezi?
Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
Make your likes visible on Facebook?
Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.
The Godfather Presentation
Transcript of The Godfather Presentation
1970s returns the mob film
Gangster's perspective of the mafia
Paramount Pictures needs a box office hit
Major changes to the studio system
U.S. cracks down on mafia pre-novel release
Mario Puzo is a reporter for major case
The American Consciousness
The American Dream Characters The American Immigrant Experience
The Sicilian Experience
Family, Tradition, Values
History of Crime for the 20th century
Is this the model for organized crime?
The different worlds of men and women
Respect vs. Legitmacy
Corruption is Everywhere Themes "I'm Gonna Make Him An Offer He Can't Refuse"
GENERAL MOVIE INFO Movie Released: 1972, Paramount Pictures
Novel Published: 1969
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Produced By: Albert S. Ruddy
-Francis Ford Coppola
(Novel & Screenplay)
Run Time: 175 minutes
Synopsis: The Godfather is the story of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a powerful New York Mafia family, and the rise of his youngest son Michael in the "family business". Genre: American Gangster/Mob
subgenre of American crime films
overlaps with film noir
roots in silent films but defined in 1930s
Great Depression = social & economic instability
Height of the Production Code
Reality of Crime
Criminals = creation of society > Rebels Cinematic History Narrative Structure Act 1: Introduction of the Don, "Godfather" to the people, and fellow characters with the wedding reception of Vito's daughter Connie Corleone. Who the Corleone family is, what they do and how they do it.
Turning Point 1: Don Vito Corleone is shot but not killed by rival mafia families associated with a drug dealer named Sollozzo
Act II: Michael, Don Vito's youngest son flees to Sicily. War breaks out between the rival mafia families and the Corleones
Turning Point II: Sonny, Don Vito's eldest son, is gunned down.
Act III: Michael returns from Sicily assuming his place as head of the family business
Climax: Michael exacts revenge for Sonny's death during his nephew's baptism with mass assasinations.
Conclusion: Defining moment of Michael as the new Don Corleone, powerful mafia chief. Scene closes with his wife glaring with realization that her husband has fully changed. Don Vito Corleone – Head of the Corleone family, the Godfather
Michael Corleone – Vito’s youngest son, once legitimate but becomes corrupted
Kay Adams Corleone – Michael’s girlfriend, ignores the violence but slowly it starts to get to her.
Tom Hagen – Family lawyer, typically voice of reason
Sonny Corleone – Vito’s oldest son, the hot-headed reckless one
Fredo Corleone – the insecure middle son Mis-en-scéne Style of performance
Intense, Stern, Confrontational, Familial, Respectful, Masculine
Mostly low key with few high key moments
Period style (1945), Sicilian influenced, Dark colors
Static, Eye level with characters
(Men) Dark formal wear
(Women) brighter colors Imagery Role of the Family
Traditional family & Business Family
Doors & Windows
Signs of division
Chairs & Tables
Image of the throne
Round table meetings Takeaways Budget: $6.5 million
Box Office: $286 million
Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated for 8 other Academy Awards
Won 5 Golden Globes
AFI records it as the #1 gangster movie of American Cinema