The Godfather

25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Godfather’

On this day in 1972, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather had its debut screening in New York City. “The lights come on, and it was the eeriest feeling of all time: there was not one sound. No applause. The audience sat there, stunned,” producer Albert S. Ruddy said of the premiere. Despite a series of casting struggles, firings, accidents, and behind-the-scenes drama, The Godfather helped usher in the era of the modern blockbuster (something Steven Spielberg’s Jaws would solidify a few years later) and became the highest grossing film that year. We’re taking a look at some fascinating, fun facts you might not know about the crime epic that Stanley Kubrick once called the greatest movie ever created. … Read More

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“Talk and Listen, Listen and Talk”: Acting Tips From Robert Duvall’s SXSW Panel

AUSTIN, TX: Robert Duvall, as you might expect, is a man of few words. He’s in Austin this week for the North American premiere of A Night in Old Mexico, a film that his Lonesome Dove screenwriter William D. Witliff had been trying to make for something like 35 years, so he joined film critic Leonard Maltin for an hour-long “Conversation with Robert Duvall” on Tuesday afternoon. And Duvall, while endlessly fascinating and full of kind words for his previous collaborators, wasn’t always forthcoming; most of his answers were short and simple, leaving Maltin to coax as many words of wisdom as he could from the 83-year-old actor. But he did occasionally get the legendary thespian to impart a few thoughts on his life’s work. … Read More

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10 Happy Accidents in Cinema

We all make mistakes. Even Bill Murray, which resulted in one of the funniest stories circulating the Internet this week — about his involvement with the Garfield films. Murray’s role in the movie won’t go down in the annals of cinema as one of the greatest film “accidents,” but there are plenty of other movie mistakes that will. Some of our favorite films were made better by serendipitous moments. See what happened when the stars aligned and movie magic happened. … Read More

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Charming Watercolor Portraits of Pop Culture’s Greatest Showdowns

Artist Scott Campbell (aka “Scott C.”) has a unique stock-in-trade: he creates downright winsome, child-like watercolors dramatizing the “great showdowns” in pop culture. In his collection Great Showdowns: The Return (out next Tuesday, with a foreword by Edgar Wright), he presents an all-new assortment of movie confrontations, drawing on everything from Hot Fuzz and Pulp Fiction to Teen Wolf and Nosferatu. And he was kind enough to share a selection of them with us; check them out after the jump. … Read More

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50 Places Every Film Fan Should Visit

If you hadn’t noticed, Flavorwire isn’t just your home for cultural criticism and commentary; we’re also your online travel agent for pop pilgrimages. After the enthusiastic responses to our lists of must-see literary and music places, it seemed only appropriate to compile a similar guide to film places of note: museums, tours, theaters, but most of all the locations where your favorite movies were… Read More

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Why Do Villains Always Have Cats?

The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.

The list of dogs in film and television is long and distinguished: Lassie, Benji, Air Bud, Fang, Rin Tin Tin, and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood. (Just me? Okay then.) But more noticeably, they’re almost all heroes: saving damsels, rescuing kids, alerting townfolk to people trapped in wells, dunking basketballs, etc. Even the troublemakers — your Beethovens and Hooches — are ultimately lovable rascals who may do some minor property damage, but remain fiercely loyal, admirable creatures. Movie cats, on the other hand, are less heroic; in fact, they are usually the accessory of choice for evil masterminds, gangsters, and other villainous types. Why the split? What’s the explanation for pop culture’s deeply ingrained cat-ism? … Read More

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Misguided Netflix Reviews of Oscar-Winning Films

We don’t subscribe to the notion that every Academy Award-winning movie deserved the golden Oscar. Sure, there have been a few mistakes, but the Academy’s 84-year record proves the institution is frequently spot-on. Surveying Oscar’s Best Picture winners allows us to walk the halls of cinema history, with film’s most honorable at every turn. Netflix users don’t always agree, however. The streaming service’s anonymous and boldly opinionated comments section reveals a number of misguided reviews of Oscar-winning movies that won unanimous praise. Opinions are subjective, but we question these critics. Hold your heads along with us after the jump where we examine the most ill-considered write-ups on Oscar’s best. … Read More

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15 Fascinating Foreign Posters for Classic Oscar Winners

The Oscars are upon us yet again, and being the fans of both movies and foreign poster design that we are, we thought we’d take the opportunity to take a look at the foreign posters for past Best Picture winners. Sometimes weird, sometimes wonderful, and sometimes downright bizarre as they can be, it’s fascinating to get a peek at the way the world views the films America loves. After the jump, check out 15 posters for the Oscar Best Picture winners of yore that papered walls from Japan to Germany, and let us know which one you like the best in the comments. … Read More

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Sorry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Sometimes ‘B Movies’ Do Deserve Oscars

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is apparently America’s hottest new cultural commentator, so he’s followed up his out-of-nowhere Huffington Postreview of Girls with an Esquire post explaining why Django Unchained “shouldn’t be up for Best Picture.” Not because he disliked the movie, or was troubled by its racial politics or revisionist history — to the contrary, he “liked Django Unchained and has been recommending it to everyone.” He heartily applauds the acting nomination for Christoph Waltz, and finds Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washignton, and “Jamie Fox” equally commendable. No, the trouble with Django Unchained, writes Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, is that it’s not reputable and respectable enough for the refined Best Picture category. … Read More

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