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June 26, 2005

The Godfather, Part II

Note to self: "The Godfather, Part II" is truly an amazing, amazing film:

The Godfather DVD Collection (2001): The first film remains a towering achievement.... And it turned out to be merely prologue; two years later The Godfather, Part II balanced Michael's ever-greater acquisition of power and influence during the fall of Cuba with the story of his father's own youthful rise from immigrant slums. The stakes were higher, the story's construction more elaborate, and the isolated despair at the end wholly earned. (Has there ever been a cinematic performance greater than Al Pacino's Michael, so smart and ambitious, marching through the years into what he knows is his own doom with eyes open and hungry?)...

Posted by DeLong at June 26, 2005 07:55 PM