The Godfather Trilogy

From Friday November 27 we will be running The Godfather Trilogy, weekly, ending on Friday November 11 with the NEW edition of The Godfather III, aptly titled “The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone”, the new cut released that week, by Francis Ford Coppola.

Friday December 4 at 8pm:
The Godfather II (1974)

The compelling sequel to The Godfather, contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917’s Hell’s Kitchen. Michael survives many misfortunes and Vito is introduced to a life of crime.

This film is both a sequel and prequel to The Godfather, presenting parallel dramas: one picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone (Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone (De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City.

Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola’s continuation of Mario Puzo’s Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.

R | 3h 22min | Crime, Drama | English subtitles

Friday December 11 at 8pm:
The Godfather Code: The Death of Michael Corleone (re-edit 2020)

This is the original 1990 version, but fully redone by Francis Ford Coppola, this year.

The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone makes an offer you can’t refuse: A stronger conclusion to a cinematic landmark.

The film’s meticulously restored picture and sound, under the supervision of American Zoetrope and Paramount Pictures, includes a new beginning and ending, as well as changes to scenes, shots, and music cues.

The resulting project reflects author Mario Puzo and Coppola’s original intentions of The Godfather: Part III, and delivers, in the words of Coppola, ‘a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II.’

As Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) ages, he finds that being the head of the Corleone crime family isn’t getting any easier. He wants his family out of the Mafia, but the mob kingpin (Eli Wallach) isn’t eager to let one of the most powerful and wealthy families go legit. Making matters even worse is Michael’s nephew, Vincent (Andy Garcia). Not only does Vincent want a piece of the Corleone family’s criminal empire, but he also wants Michael’s daughter, Mary (Sofia Coppola).

R | 3h | Crime, Drama | English subtitles