Show Business: The Final Act of a Family Epic

THE GODFATHER, PART II

Directed by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Screenplay by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA and MARIO PUZO

It is possible to pinpoint precisely when a sense of well-being begins to take over in The Godfather, Part II—a sense that this is "a film of respect" rather than a cynical attempt to cash in on The Godfather. This moment occurs at the end of the establishing sequence that deliberately challenges comparison to the great wedding scene that opened the earlier film. The occasion for a party this time is the First Communion of Michael Corleone's...

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