The Godfather. Director—Francis Ford Coppola Paramount release—1972 Running time—175 minutes Genre—Drama/Gangster. Academy Awards. Wins: Best Actor—Marlon Brando Best Film Best Adapted Screenplay. Nominations: Best Supporting Actor—James Caan Best Supporting Actor—Robert Duvall
Means to over-act
Video of Coppola describing how he began to make the film: http://youtu.be/EPLAnJ8Xozk
“Just as Michael Corleone is steeling himself to shoot the rival gangster Sollozzo, we hear a loud, metallic screech, presumably from a nearby elevated train” (Film Art 278).
WHAT DOES THIS SOUND INDICATE?
The sound suggests impending danger, both for the victim and for Michael himself: after the murder, his life will change irrevocably.
A small-scale instance of this occurs in The Godfather. Don Vito Corleone talks with his sons Tom and Sonny about their upcoming meeting with Sollozzo, the gangster who is asking them to finance his narcotics traffic. As the Corleones talk in the present, shots of them are interspersed with shots of Sollozzo going to the meeting in the future.
This editing is use to provide exposition about Sollozzo while also moving quickly to the Don’s announcement, at the gangsters’ meeting, that he will not involve the family in the drug trade.
Use of montage
How does this illuminate Michael’s personality?
How is Michael different from his father, Vito?