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The Legacy of The Godfather–50-Year Anniversary – DailyNewsGems

By Bill Lucey, 04/07/2022

Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Lost in the sheer madness during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, was an epic milestone in motion picture history.

The Godfather, the 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

Sean “Diddy” Combs introduced Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino in a tribute to the Godfather Trilogy that was (in my opinion) much too brief for such a brilliant masterpiece.

Marlon Brando and Francis Ford Coppola discuss a ‘Godfather’ scene on location in Little Italy.
Photo Credit: Anthony Pescatore/NY Daily News via Getty Images

During the 1973 Academy Awards, The Godfather was nominated for 10 awards, coming away with three, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Marlon Brando).

Source: The Legacy of The Godfather–50-Year Anniversary – DailyNewsGems

Robert Duvall, James Caan on 50th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ – Variety

By Brent Lang, Mar 22, 2022 9:49am PT

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s”The Godfather” made moviegoers an offer they couldn’t refuse.

The film was a sensation when it debuted in March 24, 1972, setting box office records, revitalizing the career of Marlon Brando, launching the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan onto the A-list, and scoring an Oscar for Best Picture.

But things could have gone very differently. Coppola, an up-and-coming director tasked with bringing Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel to the screen, was hardly the studio’s first choice for the task (Paramount production chief Robert Evans preferred Costa-Gavras).

And things didn’t improve when cameras started rolling, with Paramount openly flirting with firing the filmmaker at several key points.

Source: Robert Duvall, James Caan on 50th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ – Variety