‘The Godfather’ recentlycelebrated its 45 year anniversary.
It’s hard to believe we’venever done an episode on it.
But to be honest,
we really just need a bit of a palate cleanser
after that last episode on Fast andFurious.
So here are seven things you didn’tknow about The’Godfather’,probably.
“I’m gonna make him
an offer he can’t refuse.”
‘The Godfather’ is dark.
I’m not just talkingabout the subject matter.
The actual film is,at times, literally dark.
Particularly in these interiorscenes with Marlon Brando.
The cinematographer Gordon Williswas even named the Prince of
Darkness because of hiswork on’The Godfather’.
But most people don’t know thatthe minimal lighting wasn’t done
only to create a mood.
They were also trying to conceal the heavy
makeup that Marlon Brando had to wear.
Brando sat through three hours ofmakeup each day which included
a dental prosthetic and resin plumpers to create Don Corleone’s jaw line.
By the way, Marlon Brando wasn’t the only one wearing fake teeth.
James Caan’s fangs were made moreprominent with dental prosthetics applied
with a quick setting acrylic.
Kind of seems like a waste of time
since you can’t even tell, but
it’s still kind of cool, I guess. Boom,
bonus thing you didn’t know. Boom,
[Sound]What the hell is this?
That’s to send you a message.
It means Luca Brasisleeps with the fishes.
Sonny’s fangs are just one
of the many details that the production team
came up with to make the world
of the film as rich as it is.
Another is the wooden bumpers on somany of the cars.
Because of World War II,
many car owners removed their chrome bumpers and
turned them in to help with the war.
The chrome bumpers were replaced with wooden ones,
and it took a long time for
many of them to be switched back to metal after the war ended. And,
since’The Godfather’ takes place in the 1940s and 50s,
the wood bumpers
are pretty accurate, which actually seguas us perfectly into thing number three.
‘The Godfather’ was made in the 70s, but
it’s a period piece that takes place
some two to three decades before that.
But it almost didn’t happen that way.
Originally Paramount wanted’TheGodfather’ to be a present-day,
meaning in 1970s gangster movie set in Kansas
that they would make on the cheap
for around $2.5 million.
Paramount was broke at the time and just
didn’t want to invest in a period piece.
At Francis Ford Coppola’s insistence,
Mario Puzo tossed out his original script, which had’The Godfather’ as
the low-budget 70s mobster shootthem up that Paramount wanted.
Coppola revamped the story.
Got the studio to put upa $6.5 million budget and
went on to make one of the most iconic films of all time.
Not that it was easy.
That’s a tease for our next thing.
Francis Ford Coppola wasunder threat of being fired
nearly the entire time hewas making’The Godfather’.
The studio butted heads withhim on almost every decision.
For one they essentially vetoed casting Marlon Brando
as Don Corleone until
Coppola came to Marlon Brando’shome to film a screen test.
A screen test that was impressive
enough to finally convince the suits that
Brando was their guy.
The studio was also againstcasting Al Pacino as Michael.
They were pushing hard forRobert Redford or Ryan O’Neal.
Martin Sheen did a screen test and they
even had James Connery for the part.
But Coppola was unrelenting in keeping Pacino at the top of his list.
Paramount also believed thatCoppola was going over budget and
over scheduled with frivolousproduction expenses,
though by the time the film wrapped he was both
under budget and ahead of schedule.
Coppola saved his job by reshooting some key scenes
that the studio didn’t like and adding in this fight scene
to silence their fears that the movie lacked action.
He also wound up firing his
assistant director who he suspected had been bad
mouthing him to Paramount.
Lastly it probably helped thatCopollo won a freaking Oscar for
writing Patton while all of thisGodfather drama was going on.
Here’s the thing that reiterates justhow (Bleep) up a place Hollywood is.
Morgana King played Mama Corleoneto Sonny, Michael and Fredo.
The thing is, she’s only ten years older
than James Caan and Al Pacino, and
only five years older thanJohn Cazale was, RIP.
Five to ten years older playing their mom. Yeah,
just let that sink in while we move
on to our next thing.
You might be surprised to hear who put this crime montage together.
It was this one guy you may have heard of before named George Lucas.
Coppola andLucas are friends from way back.
Coppola even executively produced THX 1138.
Well the year after that, Lucas was an uncredited assistant on’The Godfather’.
Lucas did it mainly asa way to thank Coppola for
helping him get American Graffiti funded.
And he was tasked with putting together this footage
sometimes called “The Mattress Sequence” by hardcore Godfather fans.
Lucas used photos from real lifecrime scenes in the montage.
For example, this is Frank the Enforcer Nitti,
who was Al Capone’s top guy.
And who actually wasn’t murdered, butcommitted suicide by shooting himself.
Jumping back to George Lucas’ work on the film
as a whole, he gave Coppola a small,
but important note.
For this part with the loomingassassination attempt at the hospital,
Coppola neglected toget enough footage for
this critical moment with the sound of the footsteps in the hallway.
Lucas suggested that Coppola justrepurpose the ends of any shots
of the hallways where the actors had already left and cleared the frame.
Lucas and Coppola scrubbed through all of the footage
that they had in the can and
found these all too importantseconds of empty hallway
to be able to create this brilliant moment of dread in the sequence.
Did I say brilliant moment?
抱歉 伙计们 我跑题了
Sorry guys, movie listener is next week.
美味面包干 热罐头 好 我感觉好多了
Tasty hoots, hot cans,Okay, I feel better.
– I spoke to Fredo.
I’m going to buy some fruit.
– Okay, Pop.
We’re going to wrap this up
by busting a bit of a Godfather myth.
A lot of people have pointed out
that oranges appear throughout the film as
a way to foreshadow an impending death.
好吧 尽管这可能是真的 也只是拍完后的猜测了
Well even though that may be true,it’s only true retroactively.
The oranges and
their proximity to the deaths in the film is little more than a coincidence.
The production designer Dean Tavoularis added
oranges to the sets because the sets
were just kind of drab.
He liked using oranges as a pop of color,
but no one involved in the film ever
premeditated using themas a harbinger of death.
It just kinda worked out that way,
and the fan theories took on a life of their own.
I guess they should’ve switched up those oranges
with some papayas, or kumquats,
We have barely scratched the surface
on all of’The Godfather’ things we have up
For example we didn’t even mention that this baby
in the famous baptism scene is
actually Sophia Coppola.
So if you guys wanta part two let us know.
And or if you want us to do
a part two on ‘The Godfather Part Two Sound Off’.
Unlike choockie-palooza,we’ll actually do it.
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