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The Godfather Legacy

If you are a fan of The Godfather film [B00003CXAA], book [0451167716], or game [godfatherlegacy, godfather360, godfather, godfatherwiivideo], you'll enjoy The Godfather Legacy by Harlen Lebo [0743287770]. Lebo's book is a fascinating account of the making of the classic films. The writing style is captivating and easy to read without any trace of the Hollywood gossip-style "journalism" so common today.

Anyone who has tried creating a film or a video game will recognize many of the trials, troubles, and ultimate successes experienced by Francis Coppola and producer Al Ruddy.

Some interesting things I learned from the book:

  • Gianni Russo, who played Carlo, spent $2,000 to create his own unsolicited audition tape.
  • Marlon Brando never seemed to memorize his lines, instead relying on cue cards hidden in every scene.
  • The legendary scene showing the transfer of power from Vito to Michael Corleone was rewritten in practically a single night by a "script doctor" hired at the last minute.

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