He, The Godfather

27 October 2015
Remember how last December we shed a few tears while watching The Lord of the Rings in Concert at Arena Armeec? On November 7 and 8 the same will happen with The Godfather – minus the tears, as this saga isn’t too fond of cry-babies.

There’s no need to consult the charts – this movie is an all-time best. Not only because of the Oscar, Brando’s and Pacino’s performances, Mario Puzo’s writing, Coppola’s directing, Nino Rota’s music or Clemenza’s meatballs sauce. It’s because on top of all this there’s a pile of small details around the process of filming that create a mythology which can be compared only to Star Wars (although we’re only saying this so we don’t offend anyone).

What shall we remind you about really quick? How about the fact that the horse head in that bloody scene was real? Or that the cat in Don Corleone’s lap was brought in from the street by Marlon Brando, for a more relaxed feel? It’s also a well-known fact that he was the one who decided to make the Godfather “look like a bulldog” and showed up at the casting with cotton in his mouth. Or that because of his dyslexia (and his peculiarity) he didn’t learn his lines and someone had to mouth them to him during filming. It’s also true that nobody, except for Coppola, wanted the young Al Pacino to play the empire’s heir, Michael Corleone. However, the movie turned him into the huge star that he is today. Another fact is that in this most mafia-oriented saga the word “mafia” wasn’t mentioned even once. This is because the real mafioso, Joe Colombo, tried really hard to stop the movie until filmmakers agreed to make some cosmetic changes. Meanwhile, Coppola didn’t even want to make the film, fearing he would harm the image of his Italian-Sicilian roots. At the end he saw The Godfather as an “allegory of the American capitalism” and decided he would crush it.

We could go on forever because it’s such a pleasure to watch a movie that you know so well and to recall the details that made it that great. We won’t tell you that seeing it on the big screen while the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra plays is the most exciting thing you can do next weekend. Go drink at the bar or cook pasta for two, if you prefer. We, personally, are going to sink into the red seats of Hall 1 – it’s not the Royal Albert Hall, where the show first took place one year ago, but here and now we’re dying to hear how Nino Rota’s main theme flows out of 40 violins.

The Godfather Live is at The National Palace of Culture, Hall 1, November 7 and 8, 19:00, tickets are 40-100lv from eventim.bg


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