He understands that society is not alarmed by “liquor, gambling.. His turning point comes when he saves his father’s life by moving his hospital bed, and whispers to the unconscious man: “I’m with you now. ”After he shoots the corrupt cop, Michael hides in Sicily, where he falls in love with and marries Appolonia (Simonetta Stefanelli). Consider the opulent tapestries of the castle interiors, and reds and golds and grays and greens of Milo Anderson's costumes, the lush greens of Sherwood Forest (actually the studio ranch at Chico, Calif. ). Yet when the old man falls dead among his tomato plants, we feel that a giant has passed. Advertisement’ cinematography is celebrated for its darkness; Notice how the undertaker is told “someday, and that day may never come, I will ask a favor of you.. ” and how when the day comes the favor is not violence (as in a conventional movie) but Don Vito’s desire to spare his wife the sight of their son’s maimed body. It is no more possible to be thrilled by Spider-Man's actions than by the Road Runner's. The baptism provides him with an airtight alibi, and he becomes a godfather in both senses at the same time. Vito Corleone is the moral center of the film. Flynn shows us a Robin Hood so supremely alive that the whole adventure is a lark.
You cannot appreciate this on television because the picture is artificially brightened. What is the name of Vito’s wife? The first time we see him, he’s dancing with a child at the wedding, her satin pumps balanced on his shoes. What made him a star was his lighthearted exuberance, the good cheer with which he embodies a role like Robin Hood. Keighley did most of the outdoor scenes, Curtiz did most of the studio shooting. The result is a film that justifies the trademark Glorious Technicolor. They just don't make movies with this level of tonal saturation any more, writes the British critic Damien Cannon. He has learned from his father never to talk in front of outsiders, never to trust anyone unnecessarily, to take advice but keep his own counsel. Yes, his eyes shift to note that the exit is being barred and guards are readying their swords, but he observes not in fear but in anticipation. This is the scene at which Maid Marian first sees Robin, and we first see her. When Robin and Marian look in each other's eyes and confess their love, they do it without edge, without spin, without arch poetry. The cinematographers, Sol Polito and Tony Gaudio, were using the original three-strip Technicolor process, which involved cumbersome cameras and a lot of extra lighting, but produced a richness of color that modern color films cannot rival. AdvertisementFor all of its technical splendor, however, the film would not be a masterpiece without the casting--not just of Flynn and de Havilland, who are indispensable, but also of such dependable Warners' supporting stars as, as the effete Prince John; Coppola populates his dark interior spaces with remarkable faces. The writing is subtly constructed to set up events later in the film. The casting is not unthinkable, but many scenes show bodies full-figure, which would have emphasized the difference in height between Cagney and Rathbone (but not Rains); And then they would fear you. ”As the day continues, there are two more scenes in the Godfather’s darkened study, intercut with scenes from the wedding outside. He is thrown a bone--”a living”--and later, when he is killed, Michael coldly lies to his sister about what happened. The irony of the title is that it eventually comes to refer to the son, not the father. The new Warner's DVD assembles the historians Rudy Behlmer, Paula Sigman, Leonard Maltin, Bob Thomas and Robert Osborne, for a documentary about the making of the film, and from them I learn that it was fencing master Fred Cavens who was primarily responsible for the modern movie swordfight; Did he tell her about Appolonia? How his tears set up the shocking moment when a mogul wakes up in bed with what is left of his racehorse. Don Vito asks why he did not come to him immediately. Advertisement“I went to the police, like a good American, ” the man says. The producer,, was the most creative executive on the Warner Bros. In these cynical days when swashbucklers cannot be presented without an ironic subtext, this great 1938 film exists in an eternal summer of bravery and romance. He was improbably handsome, but that wasn't really the point: It is more exciting to see the real scampering up a wall than to see the computer-assisted Jackie Chan flying. Stunt men were used in some shots in The Adventures of Robin Hood. But many daring scenes obviously use the real Flynn, who, like Douglas Fairbanks Sr. And the great sword fight between Robin and Sir Guy that cuts between the men and their shadows. Notice how the request by Johnny Fontane, the failing singer, pays off in the Hollywood scenes; Then they would become my enemies. We are thinking that the Don is growing old and repeating himself, but we are also thinking that he is probably absolutely right. Pacino plays Michael close to his vest; And there are moments a little too obvious, as when Robin takes Marion to a part of Sherwood Forest occupied by some of the Saxons he has helped, and they skulk about like an engraving of tired and huddled masses, rousing themselves to express gratitude to him. He and a fr. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. The front-line actors--Brando, Pacino, Caan, Duvall--are attractive in one way or another, but those who play their associates are chosen for their fleshy, thickly lined faces--for huge jaws and deeply set eyes. Familiar as I am with Robert Duvall, when he first appeared on the screen I found myself thinking, “There’s Tom Hagen. ”AdvertisementCoppola went to Italy to find, composer of many Fellini films, to score the picture. The Mafia is not a benevolent and protective organization, and the Corleone family is only marginally better than the others. That he can no longer marry Kay because he has chosen a Mafia life? The shift in her feelings about Sir Robin is measured out scene by scene. That’s why we sympathize with characters who are essentially evil. The ideal hero must do good, defeat evil, have a good time and win the girl. The Adventures of Robin Hood is like a textbook on how to get that right. An appreciation of Clive Barker's Nightbreed. This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. It’s done so neatly that you have to think back through the events to figure it out. AdvertisementNow here is a trivia question: And if, by chance, an honest man like yourself should make enemies.. The Godfather’s reply will underpin the entire movie: “Why did you go to the police? Don Vito Corleone ( ) emerges as a sympathetic and even admirable character; They come together not simply because of love or desire, but because they are so destined.
Connie ( ), the Don’s daughter, is so disregarded that her husband is not allowed into the family business. Much is said in the movie about trusting a man’s word, but honesty is nothing compared to loyalty. Are we to believe that the most wanted men in the kingdom could disguise themselves simply by pulling their hats low over their faces? He believed it should look like a fight, not like a fencing match, and Flynn, coached by Cavens, hurls himself into the sword scenes with a robust glee. AdvertisementSeeing Flynn in the swordfights, I tried to imagine the studio's first choice, James Cagney, in the role. It's an interesting concept to think of James Cagney in his little green outfit, muses Robert Osborne. This little short fellow running around Sherwood Forest. Cagney was a fearless physical actor, and as a dancer, he would have had the footwork for the fencing; If you’d come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. It is the wedding day of Vito Corleone’s daughter, and on such a day a Sicilian must grant any reasonable request. The movie knows when to be simple. It is enough that Robin wants to rob the rich, pay the poor and defend the Saxons not against all Normans, only the bad ones: It's injustice I hate, not the Normans. AdvertisementThe movie involved a couple of firsts: He is developed as a hulking presence who implies the possibility of violent revenge. All of the other roles are so successfully filled that a strange thing happened as I watched this restored 1997 version: The implication is that in the godfather’s world there would be no drugs, only “victimless crimes, ” and justice would be dispatched evenly and swiftly. My argument is taking this form because I want to point out how cleverly Coppola structures his film to create sympathy for his heroes. Look at as Tessio, the fearsome enforcer. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. comAdvertisement They do not speak the same language; The story by and is a brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms. It is touching and revealing to see the lovers in middle age in (1976), with and bridging the poignancy of their long separation, but how much more satisfying on an elementary level to see Flynn and de Havilland playing their characters as the instruments of fate; There is little room for women in “The Godfather. ” Sonny uses and discards them, and ignores his wife. He is old, wise and opposed to dealing in drugs. Michael doesn’t even trust Tom Hagen ( ) with the secret that he plans to murder the heads of the other families. He undoubtedly loves Appolonia, as he loved Kay, but what is he thinking here: Film shot in the three-strip Technicolor process, and the first of 12 times Flynn would be directed by Michael Curtiz. In a way, it has shaped the public perception of the Mafia ever since. Surrounded by his enemies, he fearlessly accuses John of treason against his brother Richard the Lionhearted, and then fights his way out of the castle again. No lives wrecked by gambling. By the end of the wedding sequence, most of the main characters will have been introduced, and we will know essential things about their personalities. As Cagney watched this film even he must have conceded that Flynn was perfect for the role. There are moments in Robin Hood as playful as a child's game, as when Robin and his men rise to the bait of Prince John's archery tournament. The first Warner Bros. Another actor might have wanted to project a sense of uncertainty, or resolve, or danger; Rudy movie review essay. And it is the bond between Robin and Marian, after all, that stands at the heart of the movie. Coppola brings his large cast onstage so artfully that we are drawn at once into the Godfather’s world. The screenplay of “The Godfather” follows no formulas except for the classic structure in which power passes between the generations. It is a virtuoso stretch of filmmaking: He embodies the character so convincingly that at the end, when he warns his son two or three times that “the man who comes to you to set up a meeting--that’s the traitor, ” we are not thinking of acting at all. Even women. ” But drugs are a dirty business to Don Vito, and one of the movie’s best scenes is the Mafia summit at which he argues his point. The Adventures of Robin Hood was made with sublime innocence and breathtaking artistry, at a time when its simple values rang true. Only at the end is he brightly lit again, to make him look vulnerable as he begs for his life. The Brando performance is justly famous and often imitated. Why didn’t you come to me first? Their union suggests the medieval ideal of chivalric love, in which marriage is a form of God's will. The swashbuckling in the movie is thrilling precisely because it is mostly real. Some stunts are the same in both pictures, as when Robin cuts the rope holding a gate and then rides the rope up as the gate comes down. What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully?
That is its secret, its charm, its spell; It was the fifth of eight films that Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland would make together. It is a triumph of the studio system. Cast changes might have been necessary. It is rich, atmospheric, expressive. Such details are unimportant to the story. AdvertisementWhat is important is loyalty to the family. The weakness of modern special effects pictures is that much of the action is obviously impossible, and some of the computer animation defies the laws of gravity and physics. And notice how a woman’s “mistaken” phone call sets up the trap in which Sonny ( ) is murdered: And Technicolor is never more glorious than in the big outdoor scenes of pageantry, such as the assembling of the court for the tournament. AdvertisementThe intimate scenes have a directness that is almost bold. A man has come to ask for punishment for his daughter’s rapist. Hearing the sadness and nostalgia of the movie’s main theme, I realized what the music was telling us: Basil Rathbone, as the snaky Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and Patric Knowles, and Alan Hale as (respectively) Will Scarlett, Friar Tuck and Little John, the fearless Merry Men. We knew that Robin Hood took from the rich to give to the poor, but we didn't know he ran his own refugee camp. There are also moments of bravado, as when an arrow extinguishes a candle on its way to killing a Norman. She exists in the movie as an insignificant shadow, a plump Sicilian grandmother who poses with her husband in wedding pictures but plays no role in the events that take place in his study. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. They draw too much on psychology and not enough on romance and fable. After Appolonia’s death and his return to America, he seeks out Kay and eventually they marry. Things would have turned out better if we had only listened to the Godfather. An appreciation of Clive Barker's Nightbreed. This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. There is one commandment, spoken by Michael ( ): “Don’t ever take sides against the family. ”It is significant that the first shot is inside a dark, shuttered room. Brando uses them but does not depend on them: As the film opens Michael is not part of the family business, and plans to marry a WASP, Kay Adams ( ). Those are actor’s devices. Unlike modern films where superstars dominate every scene, the Hollywood films of the golden era have depth in writing and casting, so the story can resonate with more than one tone. Because Errol Flynn in later life became a caricature of himself and a rather nasty man, it's exhilarating to see him here at the dawn of his career. No women trapped into prostitution. We require no Freudian subtext, no revisionist analysis; During the entire film, this lifelong professional criminal does nothing of which we can really disapprove. AdvertisementDuring the movie we see not a single actual civilian victim of organized crime. That Olivia de Havilland was a great beauty goes without saying, but as I watched the new DVD of The Adventures of Robin Hood, I found myself more than once pausing the film to simply look at de Havilland in closeup, her cheeks rosy in Technicolor, her features fine and resolute. When was asked what he looked for in an actor, he mentioned joy of performance, and Flynn embodies that with a careless rapture.
“The Godfather” is told entirely within a closed world. We know all about his puffy cheeks, and his use of props like the kitten in the opening scene. Small handicap for a Mafia wife. In the 1922 Robin Hood, wanted it known he took his chances. It is not a sudden transition but a gradual dawning upon her that this is the man she loves, and that she must escape her arranged marriage to Gisbourne. AdvertisementTheir love scenes, so simple and direct, made me reflect that modern love scenes in action movies are somehow too realistic; The famous “baptism massacre” is tough, virtuoso filmmaking: No victims of theft, fraud or protection rackets. Watch his swagger as he enters John's banquet hall and throws a deer down before the prince, full knowing that the punishment for poaching a deer is death. Others include carefree leaps from ankle-breaking heights, and of course the sword fights. The sun shines that day, but never again: The only police officer with a significant speaking role is corrupt. The story views the Mafia from the inside. Lot, and when the studio's biggest star,, walked off angry and left without a star, Wallis had the clout and daring to cast Flynn in the role--Flynn, a young man from Tasmania with only one Hollywood hit, Captain Blood. It was Wallis who decided to use the new and expensive Technicolor process, Wallis who fired an early writer who wanted to dispense with Maid Marian, Wallis who was powerful enough to replace the original director, William Keighley, with Curtiz--because Keighley fell ill, according to one story, or because Wallis wanted Curtiz to pump up the action scenes, according to another. The real world is replaced by an authoritarian patriarchy where power and justice flow from the Godfather, and the only villains are traitors. And when Robin's arrow splits his opponent's in the archery tourney.