in about 100 words or less
US 200m, Colour
Director: Francis Ford Coppola; Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Morgana King, John Cazale, Marianna Hill, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo
The second installment of the Godfather series: Part II, is perhaps the best of the three films, albeit it had the advantage of being both a prequel and sequel to the original film, which enriched the characters and broadened the scope of the family drama. The film’s parallel storylines which follow both the young Vito Corleone in Sicily and then New York during the early twentieth century, and his son Michael during the 1950s – as he attempts to expand his father’s business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba, are elegantly compared as both ruthlessly pursue their “family” interests (Klaus Ming September 2012).