We were discussing at an extended family meal week before last how the Godfather trilogy was quality drama – perhaps Godfather III being the weakest. Sylvia and I recalled and discussed it further for some reason over the weekend and noticed we had only a VHS recording of the trilogy, and no longer any video player – so we resolved to obtain a DVD set of the trilogy.
Night before last Godfather III was showing late, 2 hrs 45 mins ending about 01:20 on a commercial-free, free channel – so I watched it … out of sequence as it were. I guess it must have been some sort of director’s cut, becuase there were extended and additional scenes not quite how I recall them. It was and still is excellent.
That silent scream in the penultimate scene – haunting – more haunting than its immediate cause, the death of daughter Mary. Michael really had gone straight – as legit as a capitalist with a history can be anyway – in the whole Part III plot. Every cross with the dark side was his being dragged back in by those still involved with the family history, and his involvement based on balancing duties. The touch points with real contemporary history add to the drama – God’s Banker and the election and death of Pope John Paul I and so on – like the Batista overthrow in Godfather II, but now I digress.
[Post Note : We did get the trilogy set on DVD, and after III above, watched I, II & III again over three nights. Would say II is the weakest overall, III has some flaws but is excellent, and I remains the original. The whole trilogy is a magnificent morality play, worth some study methinks. Intriguing to see the characters and actors playing them that survive the 90 year history across all three films, and those that don’t. Aparently the bonus DVD has bio’s and timelines of both characters and players.]