There’s a new cut of The Godfather Part III making headlines – The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Director Francis Ford Coppola has recut his films in the past – Apocalypse Now has several different cuts, and he recently released The Cotton Club Encore, a recut of The Cotton Club. Now, with The Godfather, Coda, Coppola hopes to show the world the movie he always hoped to make. In a new interview with film critic Leonard Maltin, Coppola and Godfather, Coda stars Al Pacino and Andy Garcia talk about the new cut.
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When it comes to Francis Ford Coppola‘s Godfather trilogy, everyone seems to be in agreement: the first two movies are full-blown masterpieces, and the less said about the third film the better. We shouldn’t cry too hard for The Godfather Part III – despite its modern-day reputation of being a dud, it was actually well-received at the box office and even netted itself seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture!). But over the years, Coppola’s swan song for the Corleone family has become the red-headed stepchild of the trilogy.
Now, in the spirit of his multiple cuts of Apocalypse Now and the more recent Cotton Club Encore, Coppola has gone back and reworked the film into the awkwardly-titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This is what he and Godfather creator Mario Puzo wanted audiences to experience – not the third entry in a trilogy, but rather an epilogue to what came before. But is this new version really all that different?
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The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are often hailed as two of the best American movies ever made, but the same can’t be said for The Godfather Part III. The sequel actually received fairly good reviews when it opened in 1990. It also did well at the box office and scored seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. But over the years, Godfather Part III has become something of a punchline, with many zeroing in on the clumsy, strained performance of Sofia Coppola, playing daughter to Al Pacino‘s Michael Corleone. Now, after years of negative feedback, director Francis Ford Coppola has gone back and recut the film into Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Will this new cut fix the film’s notorious problems? According to co-star Diane Keaton, the answer is yes.
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Francis Ford Coppola has reworked one of his most-derided movies into The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This re-edit of The Godfather Part III claims to archive “Coppola and screenwriter [Mario] Puzo’s original vision for the finale, which has been meticulously restored for the finest presentation of the Corleone saga’s last chapter.” This certainly isn’t the first time Coppola has re-edited one of his films: there are several different versions of Apocalypse Now, and the filmmaker recently released a new cut of The Cotton Club. Now, it’s Godfather Part III‘s turn. Watch the trailer below.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay explores the rise and fall and eventual rise again of The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola. Plus, The Trial of the Chicago 7 writer and director Aaron Sorkin answers some questions about screenwriting to help aspiring writers. And finally, actor Frank Langella looks back at some of his most memorable roles, including Dracula, Dave and Masters of the Universe. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: The Conversation
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video
The Pitch: Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert who realizes that one of the recordings he was hired to make contains information which may get people killed.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation is one of the greatest paranoia thrillers of all time, and one of the very best movies of the entire 1970s. It may not be as influential as Coppola’s The Godfather or nearly as legendary as The Godfather Part II, but it certainly holds its own against those films, and for some, myself included, it may be the outright best thing he ever directed. Read More »
Martin Scorsese threw fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a tizzy recently when he said that the films of Marvel Studios and other superhero movies alike were not what he considered cinema. Instead, he equated them to theme park rides and even took it a step further by saying movie theaters needed to support what he called “narrative films” instead of superhero movies. At the same time, he did acknowledge the hard work that goes into them, though he reaffirmed his belief that they are not truly cinema. But director Francis Ford Coppola took it a step further.
While speaking to journalists in Lyon, France after accepting the Prix Lumiere award for his overall contributions to cinema throughout his career, Coppola was asked about Martin Scorsese’s comments, and The Godfather saga fiilmmaker did not hold back when throwing shade at Marvel movies, reiterating again that they “are not cinema” but also adding that they are “despicable.” Find out the rest of the Francis Ford Coppola Marvel movie criticism below. Read More »
Francis Ford Coppola, one of the titans of Hollywood cinema, is doing everything he can to get his long-delayed passion project Megalopolis up and running. The director, who previously wasn’t signed with any particular agency, has now officially joined the client list of one of the industry’s largest agencies, CAA, in the hopes that they can help him secure financing for what sounds like a mega-expensive futuristic movie. Read on to learn what we know about it so far. Read More »
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Apocalypse Now may be universally hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, but that hasn’t stopped director Francis Ford Coppola from tinkering with it multiple times since its 1979 release. It only took 40 years, but the Oscar-winning director is finally satisfied. The upcoming Apocalypse Now Final Cut is being touted as Coppola’s favorite version of the film, and viewers can finally experience it at its special 40th anniversary theatrical re-release in IMAX theaters this month. A new Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer teases this IMAX release as well as the 4K Blu-ray release later this month. Watch the Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer below.
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Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut is coming to theaters and 4K Blu-ray this August. Can’t wait that long? Maybe this trailer will hold you over until then. Coppola went back and reworked his acclaimed Vietnam War epic, putting together something that’s longer than the theatrical cut, but shorter than the Apocalypse Now Redux edition. Watch the Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer below.
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