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  • The Godfather: Part III
    • The Godfather: Part III
    • Runtime:127 min
    • Release Date:2017-01-22 09:12:15
    • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
    • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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MOVIE REVIEW:The Godfather: Part III


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"The Godfather, Part III" continues the Corleone family history in
1979, as the sins of the parents are visited upon the children. Despite
every attempt to go legit, to become respectable, the past cannot be
silenced. The family has amassed unimaginable wealth, and as the film
opens Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is being invested with a great honor
by the church. Later that day, at a reception, his daughter announces a
Corleone family gift to the church and the charities of Sicily, "a
check in the amount of $100 million." But the Corleones are about to
find, as others have throughout history, that you cannot buy
forgiveness. Sure, you can do business with evil men inside the church,
for all men are fallible and capable of sin. But God does not take

Michael is older now and walks with a stoop. He has a diabetic
condition. He has spent the years since "The Godfather, Part II" trying
to move the family out of crime and into legitimate businesses. He has
turned over a lot of the old family rackets to a new generation, to
people like Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna), who is not scrupulous about
dealing dope, who is capable of making deals that would offend the
fastidious Michael. It is Michael's dream, now that he senses his life
is coming to a close, that he can move his family into the light.

But the past is seductive. Because Michael knows how to run a Mafia
family, there is great pressure on him to do so. And throughout
"Godfather III" we are aware of the essential tragedy of this man, the
fact that the sins that stain his soul will not wash off – especially
the sin of having ordered the death of his brother Fredo.

Michael is positioned in the story between two characters who could
come from "King Lear" his daughter, Mary (Sofia Coppola), whom he loves
and wants to give his kingdom to, and Sonny's son, Vincent (Andy
Garcia), who sees the death of his enemies as the answer to every
question. Michael is torn between the futures represented by the two
characters, between Mary, quiet and naive, and the hot-blooded Vincent.
And when Vincent seduces Mary and makes her his own, Michael's plans
begin to go wrong.

There is also Kay Corleone (Diane Keaton), of course, still the woman
Michael loves, and the mother of his children. He wants their son,
Anthony, to join the family business. She defends his ambition to be an
opera singer. They face each other like skilled opponents.

Perhaps she even still loves him, too, or would if she did not know him
so well. She is the only person who can tell Michael what she really
thinks, and in one of those dark, gloomy rooms, she lets him know that
it doesn't matter what grand order he is invested in by the church, he
is at heart still a gangster. The best scenes in "Godfather III" are
between these two, Michael and Kay, Pacino and Keaton, fiercely locked
in a battle that began too many years ago, at that wedding feast where
Michael told Kay he was not part of his family business.

The plot of the movie, concocted by Coppola and Mario Puzo in a
screenplay inspired by headlines, brings the Corleone family into the
inner circles of corruption in the Vatican. Actual events the untimely
suddenness of John Paul I's death, the scandals at the Vatican Bank,
the body of a Vatican banker found hanging from a London bridge – are
cheerfully intertwined with the Corleone's fictional story, and it is
suggested that the Vatican lost hundreds of millions in a fraud. We
eavesdrop on corrupt Vatican officials, venal cardinals scheming in the
vast Renaissance palaces that dwarf them, and we travel to Sicily so
that Michael Corleone can consult with Don Tommasino, his trusted old
friend, to discover who is plotting against him within the Mafia

They are so seductive, these byzantine intrigues. Alliances are forged
with a pragmatic decision, betrayed with sudden violence.

Always there is someone in a corner, whispering even more devious
advice. This trait of operatic plotting and betrayal is practiced
beautifully by Connie Corleone (Talia Shire), Michael's sister, who has
turned in middle age into a fierce, thin faced woman in black, who
stands in the deepest shadows, who schemes and lobbies for her
favorites especially for Vincent, whom she wants Michael to accept and

In the "Godfather" movies Coppola has made a world. Because we know it
so intimately, because its rhythms and values are instantly
recognizable to us, a film like "The Godfather Part III" probably works
better than it should. If you stand back and look at it rationally,
this is a confusing and disjointed film. It is said that Coppola was
rewriting it as he went along, and indeed it lacks the confident
forward sweep of a film that knows where it's going.

Some of the dialog scenes, especially in the beginning, sound vaguely
awkward the answers do not fit the questions, and conversations seem to
have been rewritten in the editing room. Other shots long shots, into
the light, so we cannot see the characters' lips look suspiciously like
scenes that were filmed first and dubbed later. The whole ambitious
final movement of the film in which two separate intrigues are inter
cut with the progress of an opera being sung by Anthony is intended to
be suspenseful but is so confusing, we are not even sure which place
(Sicily, Rome, London?) one of the intrigues is occurring. The final
scene of the movie, which is intended to echo Marlon Brando's famous
death scene, is perfunctory and awkward.


…and I sadly removed the last sequel of "The Godfather" from my DVD

It was a "good" sequel, it contained all the elements that we look for
when watching a movie related to the mafia. However, it wasn't as good
as the first and second parts. It somehow the lacked the Godfather-ish

I think that Andy Garcia plays a beautiful role, his temper and charm
really adds to the feel of the movie.

And of course, another terrific portrayal by Al Pacino. In this part,
he has aged quite a bit, but that did not make his performance any
worse. If anything, it made it harder since more acting was required.

The story is, again, well written but could have used some more
suspense. The ending was beautiful though, it wasn't like the ending of
the first and second part, it had more action.

What are you looking at me for? Go watch the movie.

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