The History Channel takes an in-depth look at the most iconic trilogy in cinema, this side of John Ford’s trio of Westerns in the late 1940′s. The Godfather Legacy is a new two-hour special premiering this Tuesday, July 24th at 9pm (EST). The documentary looks at how this groundbreaking 1972 motion picture and its two sequels transcended Hollywood, transformed the American psyche, and even influenced real-life organized crime. Michael Imperoli from The Sopranos narrates this special.
In The Godfather Legacy, historians, scholars, law enforcement, and real-world members of the Mafia explain how these powerful mobsters with their moral frailties, resonated with society, and impacted popular culture. The retrospective features interviews with screenwriter / director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Caan, Joe Mantegna, Talia Shire (among others); along with memorable scenes from the Oscar-winning trilogy.
One of the more fascinating aspects of this documentary… the casting process. You will be fascinated who originally auditioned for certain roles. Also, behind-the-scenes artisans and actors were almost removed during filming. The what-ifs make this a must-see televised event.
Personally, I believe the score created by Nino Rota in The Godfather was one of the finest used in the annals of cinema. Ironically, it was removed at the last minute from the list of 1973 Academy Award nominees, when it was discovered Rota originally wrote the melody for the 1958 comedy Fortunella. Despite this, The Godfather Part II won a 1974 Oscar for Best Original Score, although it featured the same Love Theme that made the 1972 tune ineligible.
All I can say, History has done it again!
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