This week marked the 50th anniversary of the nationwide release of what in my humble opinion is the finest American film ever made. The Godfather is an epic American story directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, based on Puzo’s best-selling 1969 novel of the same name. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, and Diane Keaton. It is the first installment in The Godfather trilogy. The story, spanning from 1945 to 1955, chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone, focusing on the transformation of his youngest son, Michael Corleone, from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafioso.
The fantastic poster above was created by California-based designer and poster artist Anthony Petrie. Titled “Carta Criminale” the four-color screen print is available in a signed and numbered edition. My favorite touch is the little olive oil can. You can discover more about the poster and purchase your own copy at Petrie’s website.
I have yet to see all the episodes. I had tried. It “creeps” me out. My son-in-law compares the characters all the time with world events. I gently tell him, “I’ll take your word for it.”