The Death of Michael Corleone – An intriguing video essay that re-examines the content and the context of The Godfather Part III and argues its quality as a stand-alone epilogue. One of my favorite video essays.

The Death of Michael Corleone – An intriguing video essay that re-examines the content and the context of The Godfather Part III and argues its quality as a stand-alone epilogue. One of my favorite video essays.

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10 thoughts on “The Death of Michael Corleone – An intriguing video essay that re-examines the content and the context of The Godfather Part III and argues its quality as a stand-alone epilogue. One of my favorite video essays.

  1. Donald_McPoyle February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    There is a Tom Hagen-sized hole in The Godfather Part III. I’m convinced that if Robert Duvall hadn’t walked, this film would’ve been much better than it ultimately turned out.

  2. TaddWinter February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I agree a lot with what the video said. I have never approached the defense of the film in this manner (epilogue vs the second sequel) but I feel it really gets to the core of the issue.

    For me I generally say objectively it is not a bad film, if it existed in a vacuum it would not be the all time great but it would be a decent mob/Shakespeare film, however when it is held up against the two greatest mob movies of all time, and possibly two of the greatest films of all time it never stood a chance.

  3. nightfishin February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    IDGAF The last 45 minutes are amazing, the rest of the movie? At bare minimum fine with some classics lines. Glad he made the film.

  4. slickricflair February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    In all fairness, Godfather III was a very difficult film to make.

    The time gap between Godfather II and Godfather III dictated what kind of story Godfather III can be. Realistically speaking, by the (movie) time Godfather III happened, the Corleone family would’ve been completely legitimate. The only stories that could’ve been told would be what happened to the family after all these years. Coppola placed these elements into the movie. Michael and Kay in their old age, the two kids all grown up, Connie is no longer a spoiled bratty woman-child….

    Unfortunately, from a business (movie studio) and audience standpoint, the movie Godfather III needs to have more “mafia” storylines. Having a billionaire return to street style mafia way of life is really far fetched. The Corleone family is completely “clean” at this point and no longer needed to rely on the Cosa Nostra system to protect itself. They could’ve gotten all their protections needed via legal means. So the plotline where Michael is forced to return to that lifestyle is just too far fetched. But since mafia is what the audience want to see, there was no way around shoehorning the recycled storyline into the movie.

    Just my opinion.

  5. flyingjesuit February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Don’t really have 22 minutes to watch this right now, but wanted to throw my two cents in about the ending of God Father III. I love the contrast between Michael’s death and his father’s death. They’re both in a backyard garden, the main difference being that Michael’s father is found by his grandson and Michael just dies alone. That for me really reinforced how Michael’s actions left him alone and alienated from his family, which is THE THING in these movies. Everything they do is for the family, and thus Michael’s tragedy is that he ended up a failure who died alone.

  6. WhoShotJuandes February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    The scenes between Pacino and Keaton were what ruined III for me, along with the ham dinner that Andy Garcia threw up at the screen. A lot of clunky dialogue delivered by great actors that didn’t seem to be in the same room with each other. There was enough bad there that dumping all of the criticism on Sofia Coppola was unwarranted.

  7. NothappyJane February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Aside, I love that video essays to critic and deconstruct movies and tv is becoming more of a thing. Its this documentary + education + well informed opinion sweet spot that I live for.

    Midnight for Bagels who I think its a film student of some sort does it for Crazy Ex Girlfriend and its exceptional, as far as making you think about all the narrative overlay and the ways a director will build a story, that kind of insight rewards multiple views.

  8. hellsfoxes February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    From the documentary on the blu-ray they talk about how Coppola wanted six months to work on the script but the studio only gave him six weeks (or something along those lines). I think that really shows. It’s a film with a lot of interesting ideas but the whole script feels like an early draft and not a finely tuned thing.

  9. ThaNorth February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    That’s about the only good thing The Godfather 3 did. The death of Michael paralleling the death of Vito but completely different.

  10. tristes_tigres February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Let’s just call a spade a spade. Sofia Coppola is a bad actress and bad filmmaker. The”Lost in Translation” is silly and pretentious rubbish. And this attempt to claim that the Godfather III isn’t a terrible film is just an extended suck-up to Coppola, who somehow gained seniority in Hollywood through no fault of her own.

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