The Godfather Part III is thought by many to be one of the worst sequels of ever made. I have only watched it once, you know, because it’s sort of an obligation, so I don’t really remember just how bad it was. What I do remember is it wasn’t that good. Is it bad a bad movie in general or is it just bad when compared to its two predecessors, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, both arguably being the single greatest films of all-time?
Well, the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, has recut the Fredo of the trilogy. He’s also given it a new title, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. HELLO! Spoiler alert!
An excerpt from a statement follows below.
“Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III. For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
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According to /Film, Coppola intended to title the original film The Death of Michael Corleone, but Paramount shot the title down. Any fan of the franchise will surely have to check this out, it could be a gamechanger for the Godfather series as a whole. I wasn’t the movie geek I am now when I watched The Godfather Part III, so with that in mind as well as this new cut on the way, I guess I’m going to have to rewatch the film. Perhaps I will see it differently and gain more appreciation for it. It’s happened before with other movies.
The retitled The Godfather Part III — Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will see a small theatrical run before making its way to home platforms.
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