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4.5
20,857 Ratings

The Godfather: Part II

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1974
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

The second installment of the epic saga of the Corleone family weaves the story of the early life of Vito Corleone in the 1920s in New York City alongside son Michael’s rise to prominence as a mafia kingpin in the 1950s.

The Godfather: Part II Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1975 | 6 wins including: Best Picture

1975 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1976 | Winner: Best Actor

1976 | 2 nominations including: Best Film Editing

Directors Guild of America

1975 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Part II is the deepest and most poetic of the three [Godfather] films. It’s an operatic masterpiece with Shakespearean overtones whose cast (lead by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino), music (by Nino Rota) and gloomy lighting (by cinematographer Gordon Willis), have all become legendary.
July 20, 2015
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If “The Godfather” is an exceptional piece of linear narrative, “The Godfather Part II” is more dazzling to me because of how it loops through time. You’re totally right about the second film being “superfluous” in terms of giving us new or surprising information. But it’s better (for me, anyway) because it spends more time confusing and surprising us about the information being received. I like to be confused.
January 09, 2013
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Broadly speaking, the first Godfather is a generic gangster film with arthouse trimmings and the second is an arthouse film with generic gangster trimmings, but both blockbusters encompass masterful American adaptations and appropriations of recent Italian cinema.
December 01, 2008
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