10 astonishing facts about The Godfather movie that you haven’t known about! 5/24/2016 • Alma Jara
Epic gangster saga “The Godfather” is one of the best movies of all times. The movie is still watched, cited and even imitated. But what curious facts are there behind the scenes?
Francis Ford Coppola was not the first and only candidate to become a director of the movie. Before he was appointed, several other filmmakers had refused the offer, for example, Elia Kazan, Arthur Hiller Penn, Richard Brooks and Costa-Gavras.
Even when the shooting started, the producers were on the edge of firing Coppola because they wanted less dialogues and more action. However, these very brilliant dialogues made the movie so extremely popular!
The producers wanted to change the famous logo with a hand and marionette strings attached to the letters of the title which was created by graphic designer S. Neil Fujita especially for the novel. Coppola had to advocate this logo because he worked on the scenario in cooperation with the author of the novel Mario Puzo.
The director had also to insist on the time and setting of the story. Paramount Pictures wanted to change the scenario so that the events took place in 1972 and in Kansas City. The reason was quite simple – to reduce the budget of the movie. But Coppola managed to convince the studio that the story had to be set in New York after the WWII.
After the start of the shooting Coppola often held family dinners and invited the main actors. During these dinners, they had to play their characters. The director believed it would help them to fit into the roles.
Initially, the studio wanted to see Laurence Olivier in the role of Vito Corleone, but Coppola secretly invited Marlon Brando to the movie auditions. When he demonstrated the fragment of the test movie with Brando, the producers agreed that latter is the best choice.
(in the photo - Marlon Brando vs Laurence Olivier)
The similar situation happened with the role of Michael Corleone. Paramount Pictures preferred Robert Redford or Ryan O'Neal for the role, but Coppola always wanted to see Al Pacino playing one of the major characters.
(in the photo - Al Pachino vs Robert Redford)
Do you remember one of the best scenes when Vito Corleone holds a cat? Well, the cat was actually stray. It often wandered around the shooting area and one day Coppola asked Brando to take it in his arms. The cat liked Brando so much that spent almost all day lying on his laps.
The famous horse head was real – it was brought from the nearest slaughterhouse.
The 175-minute movie seemed too long and the producers planned to divide it into 2 parts with an intermission. However, Coppola decided not to do it since it might break the atmosphere of the story.
Corleone mansion was a real house at 110 Longfellow Avenue in Staten Island which belonged to Ed Norton III. Coppola and the studio used this house for more than a year and the owner’s mother even recorded an 8-hour behind the scenes film. In 2014, the house was put up for sale at a 3-million dollars price.
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