At this point, waxing lyrical and citing The Godfather or The Godfather II as one of the greatest films ever made has almost become cliché. That's right up until you actually sit down and re-watch not just Francis Ford Coppola's original 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel, but his 1974 sequel, too. As soon as you start to wallow in these films, even just for a scene or a second, you can't help but absorb and devour their pageantry and beauty, as it Is acting, directing, cinematography, and every other facet of cinema at its very best. I wasn't just lucky enough to sit down and watch The Godfather and The Godfather Part II early on Saturday afternoon all the way into Saturday night, but afterwards I was also able to sit down and listen to Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Talia Shire and Robert DeNiro talk about their experiences on the two films.
During this time, they dropped some delightful tidbits regarding its production, which included a particularly hilarious anecdote about Marlon Brando's testicles. You can scroll down below to see what I learned from my time at the once in a lifetime Tribeca Film Festival event below.
Coppola's Pretty Sure You Couldn't Make The Godfather Today
Towards the end of the Tribeca talk, which was originally supposed to last for 45 minutes but ran for just under one hour and 20 minutes instead, host Taylor Hackford became inundated with questions from the audience, who were eager to learn more about the iconic movies. One of these questions posed whether or not The Godfather could actually be made in today's movie climate. Director Francis Ford Coppola doesn't believe that studios today would give The Godfather the go-ahead, insisting that it would be too costly, especially because you couldn't stretch it into its own cinematic universe. Coppola explained:
Francis Ford Coppola then immediately recalled an exchange he once had with a former owner of MGM, who asked the director how to make sure that a film was both critically and financially successful, which pretty much sums up why films of The Godfather's scale and ilk aren't seen anymore. Francis Ford Coppola continued:
Your move, Marvel.