THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
Director/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola has re-edited the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy. This new version ‘THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone‘ achieves Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale. The film will be available on Blu-ray and Digital on December 8, 2020, from Paramount Home Entertainment. It will also debut in select theaters on December 4.
Quote from Francis Ford Coppola
I had certain misgivings, as one always does, but one certainly was the title of the film. When we wrote it, Mario Puzo and I titled it under the name THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. In musical terms, a coda is sort of like an epilogue. It’s a summing up. That’s what we intended the movie to be, a Coda. An epilogue and summing up of the two preceding films almost an illumination of what those two films meant.
I’ve always regretted that the film couldn’t be called that. This led me to re-approach the entire project. Sort of like pulling on a thread poking out of a very complicated sweater that is annoying you and ultimately finding yourself re-weaving a new incarnation of it.
The film is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title. It is our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III. For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending. I 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’. I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.
I feel comfortable in saying that I have new pride in this third film and its wonderful cast of actors, and prouder than ever of The Godfather Trilogy.
Official Trailer The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
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