The Godfather, Part II (1974)
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Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Lee Strasberg
The Godfather, Part II ranked # 32 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The Godfather, Part II is the sequel to The Godfather, released in
1974. The film follows the original Godfather film by alternating the
story of a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), with his son
Michael's (Al Pacino) rise to control the Mob in Las Vegas. The film
also stars Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Michael V. Gazzo, John
Cazale, Talia Shire and Lee Strasberg. Many critics consider the sequel to be equal to (if not superior to) the original film in quality.
The film was written by Francis Ford Coppola from the original work
by Mario Puzo, and was directed by Coppola. Coppola stated that he
was not in favor of directing a sequel to The Godfather, because he
had waged a number of battles with the studio. He initially
suggested to Paramount that Martin Scorsese direct
the sequel, but the studio refused. Coppola then insisted upon
complete creative control of the film and a minimum of studio
interference, plus a sizable salary; Paramount Pictures agreed to
these conditions, and Coppola committed himself to directing the sequel.
The Godfather Part II is one of only two sequels ever to win the
Academy Award for Best Picture (the other being The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King). The Godfather series remains the only
series to win two Academy Awards for Best Picture.
In addition to Best Picture, The Godfather Part II won Oscars for
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert De Niro), Academy Award for
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Director (Francis Ford
Coppola), Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Nino Rota and Carmine
Coppola) and Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material. The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Critically, The Godfather Part II can be considered the most
successful sequel in movie history.
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