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May 2022

"Opening Scene Godfather"

A few weeks ago, I wrote that I'd be posting some scenes I liked from movies I liked. Here, if you haven't seen it--0r even if you have--is the magisterial opening seven minutes of The Godfather. What strikes me is the sheer craft of the opening (this scene and the next ten minutes or so). We get sharp sketches of the main characters. A bit of back story. Some foreshadowing. And the themes of the movie are neatly laid out. All brilliantly acted and photographed. 

It's cliché but true: they don't make movies like that anymore.