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Piazza Verdi, Palermo
Via Dante, n. 167, Palermo

The places of the film story: The Godfather (Palermo)

Sites belonging to the "Places of the cinematic story: The Godfather " included in the IWB register of the Sicily Region (Places of the literary, television and filmic story) - Subcategory "Places of the mafia in the cinematographic transpositions of the literary text" - Valenza LIM: " The Godfather - Part I, II and III ", 1972, 1974, 1990, (from" The Godfather, by Mario Puzo) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Places included in the IWB

  • Castle of the slaves (Fiumefreddo di Sicilia-prov. Catania);
  • Via Roma, Via Belvedere, Piazzetta of the SS. Trinity, Church of S. Antonio Abate, Piazza and Church of Maria SS. Annunziata and Assunta (Forza d'Agrò-prov. Messina);
  • Greek temple (Segesta-prov. Trapani);
  • Railway station (Taormina-prov. Messina);
  • Villa Malfitano, Massimo Theater (Palermo)


The Godfather Part I (1972)

In 1969 the first novel was published, The Godfather. In 1971 la  Paramount Pictures bought the rights to make a film; to direct the film he was chosen Sam Peckinpah, but was fired shortly after for differences with the production, so the young man was contacted Francis Ford Coppola who needed money to finance a film he had been working on for some time. Albert S. Ruddy was chosen to produce the film. Marlon Brando he was hired for the part of the protagonist Vito Corleone, despite having had to accept a very low fee for financial reasons. Subsequently the production also took over James caan e Robert Duvall to play two of the protagonist's children, respectively Sonny e Tom , while Coppola focused on the unknown Al Pacino for the part of Michael Corleone, another son and successor of Don Vito, despite the contrary opinions of the production. Filming took place for the most part in New York, but some scenes were also shot in Sicily. They took place over a period of about 80 days, until August 1971. The budget available, due to financial problems, was not very high but still able to satisfy the production costs. When it was released in the US, the film was a real surprise for the production company, grossing $ 86 million in just United States, and about $ 100.000.000 in the rest of the world. Currently the world collections de The Godfather amounted to $, undoubtedly one of the highest results in the history of cinema.

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

After the success of the first chapter, Paramount decided to immediately produce the sequel, putting the direction in the hands of Francis Ford Coppola. Al Pacino became the protagonist of the film this time, while the whole cast was reconfirmed. A young Robert De Niro was cast to play Vito Corleone as a young man in his rise to power, which runs parallel to Michael's story. James Caan returned to play Santino in a flashback of Michael, while Marlon Brando also refused to take part in a cameo for reasons related to the compensation for the first film. The production budget this time was much higher than that of the first chapter. The proceeds, on the other hand, were lower than the predecessor, but were still quite satisfactory: between 40 and 50 million dollars. Lee Strasberg, Al Pacino's teacher at the Actor's Studio, was chosen for the role of the main enemy.

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In 1989 Francis Ford Coppola found himself in a serious financial crisis, caused by the failure of some of his previous films, and this was the reason that convinced him to accept Paramount's request to make the third film in the saga, despite having previously stated that it would end with the second chapter. In addition to Coppola, Mario Puzo was also reconfirmed for the screenplay, while Carmine Coppola, the director's father, arrived for the music.

Al Pacino was reconfirmed in the role of Michael, and like him also Diane Keaton and Talia Shire returned to their respective roles, while Robert Duvall, initially foreseen in the script, refused to return for reasons related to compensation. In his place came Andy García who plays Sonny's illegitimate son, Michael's brother, who will also become the new godfather at the end of the film. Sofia Coppola, daughter of the director, and Franc D'Ambrosio, both in the role of Michael's respective children, also joined the cast. This last chapter is more focused on the mafia's relations with the Catholic Church and politics. Compared to the first two films The Godfather - Part III it received less critical acclaim, but was nonetheless a box office success, grossing $ 136,7 million worldwide.

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