This December marks the 40th anniversary of the release “The Godfather Part II” and there’s no better way to mark the occasion than to watch an epic retrospective of Francis Ford Coppola’s entire “Godfather” trilogy.
Clocking in one second shy of nine minutes, the Steven Thomas-edited ode to the iconic mafia trilogy covers the saga from 1901 to 1980, concluding with the much-maligned “The Godfather Part III.”
Often overlooked in the discussion of the historical significance of Coppola’s films and Gordon Willis’s gorgeous cinematography is just how deftly the director was able to track events occurring over decades within one family. It’s astonishing that there was a time when a major studio footed the bill for a trio of mature period pieces that used a lot of subtitles. Watch the below retrospective, via Cinetropolis, and go pick up the sumptuous Blu-ray version of The Godfather Collection.