The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale
I wasn’t really aware that there was a sequel to The Godfather, and even after being shown proof that there was, I’m still not completely convinced that one is necessary. Especially when it’s over 3 hours long. But that’s obviously because I don’t understand greatness when I see it. Even I’ll admit that, because despite my extreme pessimism of all things affiliated with the 70s (the 80s were more my thing), I found myself engrossed in The Godfather: Part II (which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola). Don Michael Corleone, for instance, was never much of a concern of mine but the actor who played him (Al Pacino) changed all of that. Basically, part two of The Godfather is about Vito Corleone back in the 1920s. Not only do you follow his early career as the crime boss of New York, you also watch as his son Michael continues to add to the power of his own vast territory.