THE GODFATHER Cast To Reunite at The Tribeca Film Festival 2017— 45 Years After Film’s Original 1972 Release by Lisa Pacino
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival 2017 will be held April 19th to April 30th in New York. It will feature superstardom from Clive Davis to Sean Combs to Zac Posen to Susan Sarandon to Francis Ford Coppola and his The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.
Al Pacino. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
On closing night, Saturday, April 29, 2017, the 45th anniversary of The Godfather screening followed by The Godfather Part II and conversation. The Godfather & The Godfather: Part II, directed by Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola, written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola are arguably two of the best films ever made, and winners of nine Academy Awards between them, Coppola’s epic masterpieces paint a chilling, multi-generational portrait of the Corleone family’s rise and near fall from power in America. Tribeca celebrates the legacy of one of the most influential film sagas of all time with this anniversary screening and reunion event. Part I: With Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Abe Vigoda. Part II: With Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, William Bowers, James Caan, John Cazale, Giuseppe Sillato, Lee Strasberg. In English, Italian, Latin, Sicilian, Spanish with subtitles. The epic screening will be followed by a once-in-a-lifetime panel discussion with Academy Award winning director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro.
The Godfather is an Italian-American film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone, focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone played by Al Pacino from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss. It was released by Paramount Pictures on March 15, 1972.
The Godfather’s first film was so successful, it went on to spawn two sequels, The Godfather: Part II and The Godfather: Part III, with the latter receiving mixed reviews. For his part, Francis, 77, has some regrets about the mega successful franchise. “There shoulda only been one,” he told TMZ in 2011, admitting the sequels may have been a mistake. He also revealed he had nothing but bad memories of making The Godfather, despite it turning out to a fan favorite, and going down in history as one of the all-time greats. “For me, the memory of The Godfather brings great unhappiness,” he told The New York Times in November. ‘That movie took 60 days, and it was miserable, not to mention the months after of jockeying over the cut. So my reaction is usually of panic and nausea, but that has nothing to do with how it is for the audience.” Still, the acclaimed director appears happy to relive it for fans at the film festival.
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