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A cinematic offer we could not refuse

22 October 2022

9:00 AM

22 October 2022

9:00 AM

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli Mark Seal

Gallery Books, pp.448, $33.25

Francis Ford Coppola’s superb film The Godfather changed American cinema and, by extension, American culture. The film had it all: an epic length; a sweeping narrative; a rich cinematography by Gordon Willis; and a haunting musical score composed by Nino Rota.

The fiftieth anniversary has led to retrospectives, and much elevated commentary on the reasons for its impact and continuing popularity.

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Stephen Loosley is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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