A minor female character is implied to be a prostitute. No sex or female nudity are shown.
No explicit sexual content/nudity is displayed in the film.
There is one scene of brief male nudity. Only a part of his butt is shown.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


I didn’t have any hope for Godfather 3, but I didn’t expect it to be my favorite of the three. I find that I really like watching DVDs with director’s commentary more and more. Listening to the directors tell the stories behind those films is sometimes more interesting than the film itself. After watching the film, I came back to listen to Coppola talk about his feelings. I increasingly felt that he was too lucky to experience his life with those characters he created in these three films. I think we should thank these twenty years. Years are the best writers.

About the title and idea

Before the title of the film came out, Coppola announced that the title of the film given by him and the screenwriter and original novel author Puzo was the death of mccollon. He prefers that the film be regarded by the audience as the end of the first and second films rather than the third. But paramount, the production company, did not agree, and simply and rudely labeled the film “Godfather 3”.

Later, Coppola explained: it turned out that paramount wanted to make the third film into a bloody blockbuster about the new generation of Godfather Vincent, and even the script had been written. From the perspective of commercial operation, paramount believes that a crime film full of action is naturally more box office guaranteed than a story of the decline of a family. Fortunately, Coppola and Puzo re wrote the script, which led to the complete ending.

For the title, Coppola did not compete with paramount. He just opened the story from the old house of Corleone’s family: those heavy stones like fortresses still cling to a seemingly still calm lake. The camera follows the drifting sleepers and the fallen leaves blown by the wind to the deserted courtyard. In the former picturesque French windows, now we can only see the dusty floor and the empty room with a few pieces of waste paper Nothing better reflects the decline of a family than a dilapidated old house. Although this set of shots only lasted less than a minute, the picture directly cut to the church and happy celebration in New York. However, the tone of the film has been quietly set at the beginning

However, these old houses are not the result of the arrangement of the film crew. This is the real site of a prominent family in the 1960s. Before filming the second film, Coppola accidentally found the house with friends and decided to take it as the shooting site of Corleone’s family. This lonely scene was actually the original picture taken before the transformation of the film crew.

About fatherhood and punishment

As soon as Al Pacino appeared, Coppola said that at that time, everyone debated for a long time about his shape. And he insisted on shaving his hair short and dyeing it gray, creating a completely different image from the first and second films. Because at this time, Mike no longer had the high spirits of that year. Just like Coppola’s own mentality, he gradually entered the middle-aged crisis. In fact, both Mike in the film and Coppola in reality are successful: one has donated 100 million, and the other has won numerous awards. However, Coppola said that a middle-aged man will suddenly feel that he has nothing. He will find that fame and wealth are just floating clouds, and those don’t seem to satisfy him. He borrowed Mike’s mouth and said, “children, you are my only wealth.”.

Sure enough, as soon as Mary appeared, Coppola said with compassion: I think I’m sorry for Sophia. At that time, she was just an art student, but I let her bear such a heavy role under so much pressure – he didn’t let other young actresses try it on, but the role of Mary was originally written by Coppola for her beloved daughter Sophia, So besides her, who else can interpret Coppola’s casual angel?

Mary is not a character in the original book. The reason why he wanted to join such a role, Coppola said: death is not terrible for a person, but people who lose close relatives are much crueler than their own death. And only letting Mike lose his favorite daughter is the biggest punishment for him.

Just like the ending of the film – Mike’s daughter Mary was shot for him, when the film was first released, all the comments pointed to Sophia and said that an inexperienced child was worthless. But Coppola thought that everyone was just dissatisfied with him. But because Sophia was his daughter, everyone pointed at her. He thought she took all the blame for him. Like Mary in the film, she became the biggest punishment for her father.

There is no doubt that Coppola made this film for her daughter. From the idea of the script to the actors, there is always a father’s love for his daughter. And he said again and again in the director’s comments that he was lucky to record his daughter’s youth on the film. When he saw Sophia’s look, he felt that his whole heart would melt.

About family and marriage

In fact, the whole film can be said to be a collection of the Coppola family – which is also consistent with the Italian tradition and culture of the Corleone family in the film: his cousin has always played Connie, Mike’s sister, and his nephew Nicolas Cage is also one of the producers of the film Even the mass actors in the film are his mother, granddaughter and uncle. His father, as always, composed music for the film and acted as a band conductor in the film. Unfortunately, not long later, my father died on the night when the Oscars were announced – he had a heart attack because he learned that he didn’t win the best soundtrack award. But Coppola jokingly said: This is my father. He ended his unique life in this unique way.

When Kay in the film cries to Mike, “I’ve always loved you,” Coppola said: “When a man and a woman have shared the wind and rain for many years, the love is always heartbreaking, not to mention sharing wealth is often much more difficult than sharing poverty. In reality, few couples can endure all kinds of difficulties in marriage and stay together for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, few people can enjoy growing old…”

As for the love between brother and sister, Coppola said: This is an Italian tradition. His great grandmother infected her nose with embroidery and was directly cut off by the doctor, so the family forced her to marry her cousin. He said to himself that because his great grandfather and great grandmother were cousins, their family was a little crazy. Even his daughter Sophia liked her cousin when she was a child.

These words make me feel that Coppola is very sincere, even a little innocent. He did not avoid suspicion at all, and he did not feel the need to avoid suspicion. At least as a director, the rare thing is that he has no distractions. No matter what you say, he just wants to focus his relatives and friends on the film he pays most attention to and try to express it in the most appropriate way he thinks. He doesn’t care about other people’s views at all. I even think he is expressing himself, his life and his experience. When he returned to Sicily again, like Mike, he was full of nostalgia and memories for every plant and tree there As a director, in addition to faithfully and unreservedly interpreting his life to the audience, what else can he do?

About movies

When Mike called his accomplices to a meeting in the hotel, just before the 20 people were about to be slaughtered, Coppola looked at Mike, who was still dignified but tired on the screen, and suddenly felt it and said a long paragraph:

“When you look at a person, you can easily see whether his state of mind is up or down. Many years ago, I was so obsessed with movies. It can be said that my state of mind was always up. But now when I record this commentary, I feel that my heart has begun to sink, and I have lost my passion for creating blockbusters. The only thing that can excite me now is Yes, if I can be allowed to try something new. If you force me to make the same movies over and over again, it’s a hell of creation for me. As for the medium of film, up to now, I have only mastered 8% of its language and what it can express. However, I have been told: No, you can’t experiment and innovate anymore The people who teach me are those who run movies, those who make money from movies and buy jewelry for their wives This, for me, is the most bitter, astringent and difficult medicine to swallow. ”

Playback of Coppola’s story

In fact, by Godfather 3, Coppola has already become famous. Oscar and various international film festivals have won awards. It’s no longer a matter of status in the Jianghu. When I made the first part of the godfather, Coppola really lived on the razor every moment.

After reading the first film, I went to see a book about the shooting process of the film: “godpath: the annotated screenplay”. It was shocking that the bosses of paramount had never been optimistic about the project at that time. No one thought that such a hot potato would achieve such a great success in the future.

In fact, Mario Puzo, the author of the original book, was not only poor at that time, but also owed a lot of gambling debts. In order to pay a mere $5000 royalties, he made up such a story of the underworld and sold the idea to the Publishing House – he didn’t even know a underworld person at all. He just wanted to use his capable mother as a prototype to create the character Corleone. But $5000 was quickly spent, but the novel was not finished by the time it was due. It is said that at that time, in order to urge him to finish the novel, the publishing house even had to take out money to buy him bread. In a hurry, Puzo found paramount through his agent. In order to get an advance royalty of $12000, Puzo sold the film copyright of the novel at an ultra-low price of $80000 regardless of the opposition of the agent.

Later, the novel was finally finished. Fortunately, it unexpectedly sat on the list with millions of sales. Now paramount picked up a piece of ocean cheese for $80000. But then I found 12 directors, but no one was willing to take over the film. Generally, everyone is not optimistic about this sensitive subject. They think that if it is not good, it will offend the gangs. So several producers held a meeting and concluded that the previous films about the underworld were unsuccessful because they were looking for Jews to shoot Italian stories. So they unanimously agreed that it would be better to find an Italian to guide this time. So just like Mike in the movie never thought he would be the boss, Coppola, who was only in his early 30s and had only written a script and little directing experience, was thrown off the shelves because he was an Italian. Paramount’s calculation is: the child is inexperienced, so he will be obedient. He can make do with a budget of two or three million. Just finish the film as soon as possible. Anyway, the novel is very popular. As long as you control the budget, you won’t lose anything.

This shows that Coppola’s position in Paramount’s mind and the degree of attention he received on the set. It is said that when he went to the bathroom at that time, he heard two drama directors privately talking about him: “where did you find this child? I have never seen a director as bad as him…”

Nevertheless, “this child” is not so easy to bully. From the moment he received the script, he began to quarrel with paramount. It is estimated that paramount would never use him if he could find a second person! Paramount wants to change the time of the story to modern and put the location on the Hollywood set in Los Angeles to save money. However, Coppola insisted on putting the story in the 1940s and had to shoot on the spot in New York. He believed that only in New York in the 1940s could the turbulence of the current situation be reflected. But this means a lot of props, makeup and budget increase for paramount. Finally, due to Coppola’s insistence, the original budget of only 2 million has been increased to 4 million. Paramount’s high-level people are really suffering. One producer said that the process of making the godfather was so painful that he didn’t want to mention it again for the next 30 years.

Because of these differences, the script and shooting plan were constantly changed until shooting began. Even after shooting, Coppola often modifies the shooting content on a whim, and the crew always gets the plan for the next day temporarily. What’s worse, during the shooting, Coppola quarreled with the camera Gordon Willies every day. In Willies’ words, Coppola at the shooting scene “didn’t do anything right…” They often fight with each other in front of the whole play group. Even Coppola said “I have no him” several times and quit. The shooting progress is seriously delayed, and every day of delay is at the cost of $40000. In the end, the film spent a total of $6 million on production. Although it exceeded the original budget by 4 million, the box office in 1972 alone exceeded 130 million. Its position and far-reaching influence in American film history are still unmatched.

Postscript

My biggest feeling is: no matter how difficult it is, sometimes we need to keep a little more naive and stick to an ideal. Although persistence may not always succeed, there is no hope without persistence. Moreover, the success achieved by persistence is often immeasurable.

The film is magical and cruel. It makes a passionate young man miraculously realize his dream in his thirties, but 20 years later, he still feels that he has the bitterest and astringent medicine of “business” in his mouth.

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