The Godfather

The Godfather

Author: Mario Puzo

Publisher: Penguin Longman

Published: 1998

Total Pages: 56

ISBN-13: 9780582402416

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Don Corleone is the Godfather, head of one of the richest families in New York and a gangster. His favourite son Michael is a lawyer who wants to lead a quiet life, but when Don Corleone is nearly killed by a rival Mafia family, Michael is soon drawn into the family business.


The Godfather Notebook

The Godfather Notebook

Author: Francis Ford Coppola

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2016-12-20

Total Pages: 784

ISBN-13: 1942872313

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THE PUBLISHING SENSATION OF THE YEAR FOR EVERY FILM FAN The never-before-published edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo reveals the story behind one of the world’s most iconic films. The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather, written before filming, by the man who wrote and directed it—Francis Ford Coppola, then only thirty-two years old—reveals the intense creative process that went into making this seminal film. With his meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo’s novel, the notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook pulls back the curtain on the legendary filmmaker and the film that launched his illustrious career. Complete with an introduction by Francis Ford Coppola and exclusive photographs from on and off the set, this is a unique, beautiful, and faithful reproduction of Coppola’s original notebook. This publication will change the way the world views the iconic film—and the process of filmmaking at large. A must-have book of the season. Nothing like it has ever been published before


The Last Don

The Last Don

Author: Mario Puzo

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Published: 2004-09-28

Total Pages: 510

ISBN-13: 0345480716

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A masterful saga of the last great American Mafia family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas, from the author of The Godfather The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins. The Last Don is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos where beautiful actresses and ruthless hitmen are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk on power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all. Praise for The Last Don “Puzo is in top form. . . . Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values.”—Time “The most entertaining read since The Godfather.”—The New York Times Book Review “Skillfully crafted . . . It gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Puzo returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life.”—Variety “A compelling tale peopled by memorable characters . . . Puzo is a master storyteller with an uncanny facility for details that force the reader to keep the pages turning.”—USA Today


The Godfather Book

The Godfather Book

Author: Peter Cowie

Publisher:

Published: 1997

Total Pages: 257

ISBN-13: 9780571190119

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In the more than twenty-five years since The Godfather was released, this monumental Paramount film has grown in stature, to such a degree that in several public 'Centenary of the Cinema' polls in 1995, it rated anywhere from #1 to #5 in the Best Film category. Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy redefined the gangster movie, transcending the genre to become a complex study of power, violence and ethnic solidarity. Few film books have delved so deep into the turmoil - both artistic and corporate - that make up modern Hollywood. Peter Cowie has had access to Francis Ford Coppola's archives for this book. He has interviewed Coppola himself, novelist Mario Puzo, Paramount production chief Robert Evans, and scores of other key personalities and techicians who worked on the films. Cowie also offers a masterful analysis of the themes and the historical inspiration that underpin the trilogy.


The Godfather

The Godfather

Author: Mario Puzo

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2022-10-11

Total Pages: 433

ISBN-13: 0593542592

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A special deluxe hardcover edition of The Godfather—the unforgettable saga of an American crime family that became a #1 bestseller and global phenomenon. This deluxe edition of The Godfather includes: • A jacket featuring a new take on the iconic original cover • Printed cover boards with art that will titillate hardcore fans • Stained edges • Beautifully illustrated endpapers Since its release in 1969, The Godfather has made an indelible mark on American crime fiction. From the mind of master storyteller Mario Puzo, it traces the Corleone family, whose brilliant and brutal portrayal illuminated the violent and seductive allure of power in American society. A tale of family and loyalty, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it has stood the test of time as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Beyond the bestselling novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s incomparable film adaptation and Academy Award winner for Best Picture cemented The Godfather's reputation as a triumph in storytelling and a seminal classic for the ages. With a legacy of blood and honor, it is a cultural touchstone that has resonated for generations, and still mesmerizes readers to this day.


Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Trilogy

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Trilogy

Author: Nick Browne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 1999-11-13

Total Pages: 212

ISBN-13: 9780521559508

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The Godfather trilogy is among the most significant works of Hollywood cinema of the last quarter century. They provide a richly complex look at a whole segment of American life and culture spanning almost the whole century. In six essays, written especially for this volume, The Godfather trilogy is re-examined from a variety of perspectives. Providing analyses on the form and significance of Coppola's achievement, they demonstrate how the filmmaker revised the conventions of the American crime film in the Viet Nam era, his treatment of the capitalism of the criminal underworld and its inherent violence, the power struggles within Hollywood over the film, and the contribution of opera to the epic force and cinematic style of Coppola's vision of an American criminal dynasty. The Godfather articulates the themes, styles, mythologies, performances, and underlying cultural values that have made the film a modern classic.


The Godfather Effect

The Godfather Effect

Author: Tom Santopietro

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Published: 2022-03-01

Total Pages: 337

ISBN-13: 1493068865

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Fifty years and one billion dollars in gross box-office receipts after the initial release of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola's masterful trilogy continues to fascinate viewers old and new. The Godfather Effect skillfully analyzes the reasons behind this ongoing global phenomenon. Packed with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from all three Godfather films, Tom Santopietro explores the historical origins of the Mob and why they thrived in America, how Italian-Americans are portrayed in the media, and how a saga of murderous gangsters captivated audiences around the globe. Laced with stories about Brando, Pacino, and Sinatra, and interwoven with a funny and poignant memoir about the author's own experiences growing up with an Italian name in an Anglo world of private schools and country clubs, The Godfather Effect is a book for film lovers, observers of American life, and Italians of all nationalities.


The Godfather: The Lost Years

The Godfather: The Lost Years

Author: Mark Winegardner

Publisher: Random House

Published: 2010-10-31

Total Pages: 676

ISBN-13: 1409049612

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Brought to you by Penguin. 'The bloody victory of the Corleone Family was not complete,' begins the final chapter of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, 'until a year of delicate manoeuvring established Michael Corleone as the most powerful Family chief in the United States.' The Godfather: The Lost Years takes place in the years 1955-65, but it is built upon the story of that 'year of delicate political manoeuvring' - and how, in winning the battle of that year, Michael Corleone set the stage to lose the war: the war to make the Family legitimate, the war to keep the Corleones supremely in power, the war to stay true to his father's wishes, the war to give not just his Family but his family a safe and happy life. The Godfather: The Lost Years is not just a sequel. A magnificent novel in its own right, by an acclaimed young American novelist, it traces the nexus of ambitious, audacious decisions that Michael Corleone implements, their ultimate failure, and, after the Family's literal and figurative years in the wilderness (of Las Vegas), Michael's literal, physical return to New York, and his attempts to regain control there. © Mark Winegardner 2004 (P) Penguin Audio 2005


The Family Corleone

The Family Corleone

Author:

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published: 2012-05-08

Total Pages: 344

ISBN-13: 1455521612

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An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence and of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather. New York, 1933: The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end. For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.


Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

Author: Mark Seal

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2021-10-19

Total Pages: 448

ISBN-13: 1982158611

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This “wickedly pacey page-turner” (Total Film) unfurls the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Godfather, fifty years after the classic film’s original release. The story of how The Godfather was made is as dramatic, operatic, and entertaining as the film itself. Over the years, many versions of various aspects of the movie’s fiery creation have been told—sometimes conflicting, but always compelling. Mark Seal sifts through the evidence, has extensive new conversations with director Francis Ford Coppola and several heretofore silent sources, and complements them with colorful interviews with key players including actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Talia Shire, and others to write “the definitive look at the making of an American classic” (Library Journal, starred review). On top of the usual complications of filmmaking, the creators of The Godfather had to contend with the real-life members of its subject matter: the Mob. During production of the movie, location permits were inexplicably revoked, author Mario Puzo got into a public brawl with an irate Frank Sinatra, producer Al Ruddy’s car was found riddled with bullets, men with “connections” vied to be in the cast, and some were given film roles. As Seal notes, this is the tale of a “movie that revolutionized filmmaking, saved Paramount Pictures, minted a new generation of movie stars, made its struggling author Mario Puzo rich and famous, and sparked a war between two of the mightiest powers in America: the sharks of Hollywood and the highest echelons of the Mob.” “For fans of books about moviemaking, this is a definite must-read” (Booklist).