Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1972 · Page 33
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Godfather': Gangster Movie Supreme PHILADELPHIA DAILY HEWS THURSDA MARCH 23, JJ72 33 Bv JOE BALTAKE Every other recent film-even the superior ones seem pale alongside the towering achievement of "The Godfather," a gangster movie supreme. The R-rated production opened yesterday at the Fox. In bringing Mario Puzo's sprawling novel to the screen, director Francis Ford Coppola has miraculously avoided the obvious pitfalls concomitant with the filming of successful literary works. Sensationalism and gore although a vital part of the movie have been kept pretty much in tow. Rather, Coppola stresses atmosphere, characterization, sentiment and emotion the stuff of which pure movie-movies are made. The Puzo novel has been wisely relegated to the background, providing an all-important foundation on which characters and situations are conceived and refined. What emerges is a broad-shouldered soap opera with the same gutsy atmosphere of yesteryear's popular gangster flick. To convey Puzo's fable of the all-powerful Corleone family, Coppola has assembled a peerless cast. As Don Corleone, the revered and feared family head, Marlon Brando delivers a thoroughly professional, well-thought-out portrayal one which is mercifully free of his usual twitchy mannerisms. The great actor is in complete control of his creativity here, Concert Rescheduled The Philadelphia Orchestra concert of Feb. 19, which was cancelled because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for 8:30 P. M. April 6, in the Academy of , Music-Works by Mendelssohn and . Bruckner will be performed, with pianist Rudolf Serkin as soloist. . mo i-ow. Fresh Fish Daily Open. Sundays Parking next door 1 620 Ludlow Street LO 7 4333 ;i block South of Market Two Bars One for Oyjf ers AL PACINO and DIANE KEATON . . . visions of Bogart and Sheridan and the benefit and pleasure is all ours. Ably abetting Brando as two of his sons are Al Pacino and James Caan. Both turn in memory-filled performances: Pacino's quiet strength is reminiscent of Bogart, while Caan epitomizes Cagney with his cockiness and electric temper. For further memories, there's leading lady Diane Keaton whose passive beauty generates visions of Ann Sheridan and Gladys George. , Finally, Robert Duvall best remembered as the religious nut in "MASH" is particularly admirable as Don Corleone's loyal "adopted" son, Tom. You always believe in Duvall. The film's emotional level is equaled (and often exceeded) by its visual beauty. Coppola has giveii the production the "grand opera" treatment not unlike V'isconti. And Gordon Willis' cinema tography is most moody: Outdoor scenes are "bleached out," while the dimly-lit indoor sequences have a subtle sepia quality. The violence in the film is quite valid and very detailed. Coppola, luckily, is a filmmaker who knows when to quit, and never needlessly prolongs the gore. Beyond its violence, the most frightening aspect of "The Godfather" is its sentimental manner of presenting the Cerleones. They remain very likable people throughout even while slaughtering and destroying. At the screening I attended, the audience mistook them for heroes, and applauded and cheered their every victory. It was jolting. "The Godfather" runs a full-bodied 175 minutes, but fear not, you'll be mesmerized for every one of those minutes. 1'' MARLON BRANDO . . in complete control GO-GO ontinuoiis Revue Mon. thru Entertainment Srif. 8 pn to 2 am Ava-Susie Cindy $ue-Kathy Joyce Donna and Londa Top-Less Entertainment at its best. Drills KEXDKSVOIS inciter r irc hop lym (1 Mile 3f nHIRPtlRTt m R id lev Township. 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