Analysis Of The Movie ' The Godfather '

1463 Words Oct 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Francis Ford Coppola works within a lot of different genres, but still manages to capture the essence of one genre. I’m unsure whether to call it a genre or not, but it certainly is one of the basic stories told throughout time, rebirth. Each tale deals with a man discovering and being incorporated into the darkness surrounding him. He’s reborn into that darkness. Either with a renewal of light or death. Each movie works within its genre and also twists it to tell his own, more dramatic tale. One interpretation of auteur theory applies to his continuous changing of stereotypical genres. “Auteur theory is when a director creates a film that breaks the codes and conventions seen regularly in movies of the same genre.” One of Coppola’s traits is the expressive use of light. Which can help understand the tale, cleverly hide reality or do both. Within The Godfather, the light following Michael clued you on to his emotional state. In the beginning he was surrounded by light, showing his distance from the darker edge of his family’s business; but this was taken away by his father’s injury and the light helped him fade into the background. You could sense his inner turmoil about getting involved or not. The light, setting and costuming did not pop out. Or grab you. It just stayed muted, as Michael just went through life without noticing anything but death. Finally, it all culminated in the church scene. Michael stands there in a dim, shadowy monastery with a low light attempting…
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