The Godfather Is A 1972 American Crime Drama Directed By Francis Coppola

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The Godfather is a 1972 American crime drama directed by Francis Coppola based on the 1969 novel by Mario Puzo. The film stars Marlin Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a powerful family business of crime. The story is centred on Michael Corleone, and how he grows from a young man wanting nothing to do with the family business to a ruthless Don who will stop at nothing to exact his revenge. The movie grossed around 286 million dollars and is touted as one of the most successful films of all time, and in 1990 it was selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry. The film portrays many different character stereotypes commonly used in the Crime genre, and this helps to allow the viewer to identify with the characters better, as they already have an understanding of what their intentions are.

Michael Corleone is the youngest son of Don Vito Corleone and, despite his families criminal background, he doesn 't want anything to do with his father 's bussiness. He can be considered the main protagonist of the story, however he fits under the character stereotype of the Villain, in accordance with the stock characters stated by narrative theorist Vladimir Propp. Michael is a returned war hero and is first introduced attending his sister Connie 's wedding with his girlfriend, Kay. Much of Michael character is introduced to the viewer in this scene, primarily his disinterest in the family business. When he is talking with Kay about Johnny Fontaine, and what his…
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