Fifty Years of the Corleone Family Onscreen

Tonight is the Academy Awards broadcast. I saw somewhere that there’s going to be a reunion of The Godfather cast tonight, as this year is the 50th anniversary of that film’s release. Fifty years! What a masterpiece. And this movie is still widely viewed and discussed in a way that Citizen Kane is not, which in my book means it’s the better film, not to take anything away from Citizen Kane, which I love and which is itself an achievement of astonishing genius in every single shot.

Ten years ago, one of the first blog posts I ever wrote (and the first one to get a “like,” which was confusing because I didn’t understand the WordPress ecosystem enough yet to realize that other bloggers could “like” posts and leave behind their avatar as a calling card, so to speak) was this reflection on one of The Godfather’s most iconic scenes. Seems like a good day to repost. Hope you enjoy it! 😀

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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1 Response to Fifty Years of the Corleone Family Onscreen

  1. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Citizen Kane, especially for modern audiences, is more a film connoisseur’s thing than a crowd pleaser like the Godfather movies. Especially today the context of the film is, for most, lost in the dusty pages of history. And I suspect few would appreciate the lighting, camera work, or overlapping dialog (which was a huge deal back then). OTOH, the Godfather movies are, as you suggest, pretty timeless.

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