The Godfather. Part I
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Because of its sophistication and complexity of The Godfather should be regarded as
one of the best films ever made. Truly, every scene of this film provides a meaningful
contribution to the development of one or another aspect of the storyline. The
cinematography is excellent, with the lighting, sound effects, and music very
effectively altering the mood from scene to scene.

The Godfather is set in the backdrop of a Sicilian American mafia boss, Vito
Corleone, being forced to meet the challenge when a drug trafficker who wants to
receive his financial and political support. But in fact, this movie trancends this
simplistic plot and directly addresses numerous basic life issues; betrayal, loss,
marriage, birth, death, conflict, revenge, abuse, and ambition. The brilliance of this
movie is that effectively integrates so many separate plots and themes together into
one storyline.

The Godfather is also a pleasure since it gives life and depth to its characters, most
notably the central figure to
The Godfather trilogy, Michael Corleone. In the movie,
you can see and understand how his values change in response to his experiences, and
how he becomes a different man than he hoped to be. It is as convincing as a
biographical film, as exciting as a suspence of action film yet as deep as one of
Shakespeares plays.

Beyond all that has been said,
The Godfather sheds much light onto what life was like
in the late 1940s in the United States and in Sicily. This film is better than most films
at demonstrating how fictitious plots can have real historical value. This may be a
better place to go than most historical documentaries to understand American and
Italian lifestyles from this era.