The Godfather is a 1972 American crime drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name.
Mario Gianluigi Puzo was an American author, screenwriter and journalist.
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It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family.
Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor of stage and screen, filmmaker, and screenwriter.
Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director and activist.
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The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone, focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss.
Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in Francis Ford Coppola's film series based on the novel, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.
A mafia is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering, the arbitration of disputes between criminals, and the organizing and oversight of illegal agreements and transactions.
Michael מיכאל, derived from the question מי כאל mī kāʼēl, meaning "Who is like God?".
Paramount Pictures obtained the rights to the novel before it gained popularity for the price of $80,000.
Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio, television production company and motion picture distributor, consistently ranked as one of the "Big Six" film studios of Hollywood.
Studio executives had trouble finding a director, as their first few candidates turned down the position.
They and Coppola disagreed over who would play several characters, in particular Vito and Michael.
Filming was done on location and completed earlier than scheduled.
The musical score was composed primarily by Nino Rota with additional pieces by Carmine Coppola.
Carmine, also called cochineal, cochineal extract, crimson lake or carmine lake, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid; it is also a general term for a particularly deep-red color.
Carmine Coppola was an American composer, flautist, editor, musical director, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, and The Godfather Part III, all directed by his son Francis Ford Coppola.
Giovanni "Nino" Rota was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti.
The film was the highest-grossing film of 1972 and was for a time the highest-grossing film ever made.
It won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Its seven other Oscar nominations included Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director.
It was followed by sequels The Godfather Part II and Part III.
The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American crime drama film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
A sequel is a narrative, documental, or other work of literature, film, theatre, television, music, or video game that continues the story of, or expands upon, some earlier work.
The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre.
It was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and is ranked the second-greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute.
The American Film Institute is a film organization that educates filmmakers and honors the heritage of the moving picture arts in the U.S. AFI is supported by private funding and public membership.
The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States.
The National Film Registry is the United States National Film Preservation Board's selection of films for preservation in the Library of Congress.