The famous cult film of the 70s of the last century “The Godfather” became popular almost immediately. It is based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. The gangster drama, which had a budget of just $6 million, managed to gross more than $246 million at the box office. This film took the second position among the best films during the existence of American cinema. They managed to shoot it in 4 months in 1971, and the premiere took place in March 1972 and gathered a lot of feedback from interested viewers.
The drama tells the story of a mafia family in Sicily, in which the father, Don Corleone, gives his daughter in marriage. At the same time, his son Michael returned from military operations – he had no desire to engage in the further development of the family business. Don Corleone continues to do business, adhering to the old rules and regulations, but over time, people appear in it who have a desire to bring something new to the development of the mafia. An attempt is made on Don Corleone, while his entire family suffers from new people in the mafia. Michael did not want to interfere in these matters. but he must protect his father and his family.
This film is primarily about family. Don Corleone managed to create a family that has its own rules and at the same time children grow up in it who have an idea of what love, understanding, acceptance and support are. Despite the corrupt world in which they had to live, all family members try to support each other and lend a helping hand if it is really necessary. According to the laws of this family, no one can betray each other, and if he decides to betray, this will mean that not one person is betrayed, but the whole family. Thus, relatives are interconnected not only by moral and ethical concepts, but also by blood.
Since ancient times, the family has been the place where you can find support, understanding and protection from the hostile outside world. In this film, this is more than understandably highlighted – in the family, everyone is for each other, and they beat off every resistance from the outside together.
Also, this film is about the diplomatic skills of a person to maintain important contacts for him and be able to negotiate with benefit, first of all, for himself. Don Corleone is an indicator of the ability to communicate with members of the gangster clan, achieve their goals and withdraw from relationships not only the necessary experience, but also benefits.
Don Corleone is shown in this film as a symbol of a self-confident person for whom family has always come first, while he always knows what he wants to achieve in this life and what to achieve. This character, of course, deserves great attention of the audience. Although the film is very old and cinematography has gone ahead a long time ago thanks to new technologies and special effects, it remains just as interesting, while carrying a huge meaning, which can only be understood by watching the film and comprehending it on your own. But if you think about it, what is this film about? Why was it filmed and shown on the big screen?
The main character managed to build a huge business, from which he has his own benefit, while he does not fall below the plinth and retains his dignity. He loves his family, he is an exemplary family man, which he teaches to his children. For him, the family is the most valuable and important thing that can be. His business does not affect the attitude towards the family, while the hero has more and more enemies. After all, the mafia has its own laws, and Don Corleone decided to go against the rules – to treat those around him, mutually and act as morality dictates.
Because of his principles and attitudes, people with a completely different view of all this leaked into the environment. When an attempt is made on Corleone, his son Michael rises to his defense, who was initially not interested in being in these circles and becoming a member of the mafia clan. In this act, the whole essence of the film is revealed – the son for the father and the father for the son. They are of the same blood, so they are ready to defend the truth and defend each other to the very end.
The film teaches the viewer that you should always be on the side of your relatives, because they are the only people who will support you in any situation and will not let you fall.