The Godfather: Part II
(1974, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 200 mins.) | Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro
In arguably the greatest sequel ever made, Coppola enlarges an epic story with exquisite characterizations and emotional revelation, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. The Godfather: Part II explores the Corleone family roots, tracing Don Vito's (Robert De Niro) journey from Sicily to a life of organized crime in New York. In a parallel story, his grown son, Michael (Al Pacino), expands the crime business and contends with betrayal, murder, a strained marriage to Kay (Diane Keaton)—sealing his full corruption. The second film in The Godfather trilogy racked up Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for De Niro; the American Film Institute voted it the second-best American film in history. The Godfather: Part II was the last American film to be printed in dye-transfer Technicolor. 35 mm print.
Before the film, maestro James Caraher of Indianapolis Opera will offer brief comments about the role of opera in the Godfather films. Also, get an inside look at IO's upcoming performance of Opera Goes to the Movies.
Winter Nights 2012 is sponsored by Community Health Network.
Promotional support provided by Nuvo.