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IneGODMIHEni The last word in gangster movies 6f ust a business matter — nothing personal" Thus runs the perverse logic that allows the badmen of The Godfathen Hollywood's last word in gangster movies to justify their murderous careers Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather still may be the last word in gangster movies a quarter of a century after it first arrived Despite challenges from such artistic heirs as Martin Scorsese (Good& Ilas) and Brian De Palma (Scatface) — not to mention Coppola himself — The Godfather remains a benchmark by which not only mob cinema but also all subsequent films about the darkness in human nature must be judged Coppola's breakthrough film marks its 25th anniversary this weekend with a reissue — or rather a campaign designed to treat The Godfather as both a piece of history and a like-new movie Its master elements have been given a thorough scrubbing and digital remastering leading to new prints as crisp as anyone - has seen Adapted from Mario Puzos bestseller The Godfather is the saga of one Mafia family's ascent collapse and comeback Marlon Brando dominates the film in a surprisingly small role as Don Vito Corleone the husky-voiced and deadly Godfather whose New York-based empire is buttressed by a battalion of hoodlum soldiers Don Vito's son Michael (Al Pacino) is a real soldier just back from World War II ' and more intent on marrying outside the family than on taking a hand in the running of the mob Al Lettieri as loose-cannon wganghenstearnSoinlidozzo ignaraisentDsoanthratyieto refuses him permission to develop a dope market A Sollozzo I ambush sidelines Vito — but death doesn't come so easily or I I so obviously to the Godfather I' ' ! Ultimately this three-hour opus becomes Pacino's film with its second half defined by the ascent of a reluctant new Godfather Brand° won the Oscar however for he towers over the proceedings The Godfather marked a rebirth for Brando finally giving our greatest living underemployed actor a role to match his early coups of On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire Pacino was a comparative newcomer and so was Coppola — considered at the time an experimental filmmaker aligned with the hippie scene The supporting cast is a marNel including Diane Keaton as Pacino's bewildered fiancee Robert Duvall as Brando's second-in-command James Cam as Pacino's headstrong brother Al Martino in a role patterned after Frank Sinatra and John Marley as a movie-studio boss who receives a rude awakening The Godfather is 175 minutes of relentless near-mythical brutality that forcefully portrays the rise to economic and political power of a gang of hoodlums Its 1974 sequel may be even a better film and its 1990 capper is merely a well-made picture that lacks the old epic resonance But the original is self-contained Its reissue is cause for celebration but it remains to be seen if audiences will follow the example of the Star Wars reissue and turn out in throngs for a film that has been available on video for nearly 20 years — Michael H Price The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola featuring Marion Brand° Talia Shire Al Pacino Robert Duvall James Caan Diane Keaton Al Martino Sterling Hayden Rated R (bloody violence adult situations and subject matter drug references confrontational language) on a scalp of 5 Does your dining card - measure up to Press Pass? rlNew restaurants are added weekly Our Press Press Pass Pass Hotline at (817) 885-8300 has up-to-date 51111110011111111111-01ill listings DIAL DELIVER (817) 335-4837 4orm p Subscnber ' to order your Press Pass L ' LL VIULL yuui f IcD0 O JArcn D Sbscnber j u Exp 11199 0 Stia litartil - MEI The Staralegram II "HILARIOUS" Al Shemin VOICE OF AMERICA "ME BEST comedy of the year!" 140 la kiwis KRIS 7 RINHOUSE! 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