This 2022 fifty years ago one of the most popular and classic films of all time was released: The Godfather (The Godfather). On the occasion of this celebration Paramount Pictures has announced that the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film will have a limited theatrical release beginning February 25.
Considered one of the most influential in the gangster film genre, there are many people who did not have the opportunity to see it on the big screen of the cinema. That’s why Paramount production company and Coppola’s production company, American Zoetrope, they have meticulously restored all three films over three years.
“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defines the first third of my creative life, ”Coppola said in a statement.
“With this 50th anniversary tribute, I am especially pleased that the Coda de The Godfather by Mario Puzo: The Death of Michael Corleone ‘, has been included, since it captures the original vision that Mario and I had on the definitive conclusion of our epic trilogy, ”he adds.
The masterful film adaptation made by the American director of Mario Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family, and the trilogy of films has earned, in its own right, the consideration of being one of the best of the history of cinema.
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“It has been a privilege to restore these films, in a work that filled us with admiration every day that we dedicate to the process,” says Andrea Kalas, senior vice president of Paramount Archives.
“We have seen first-hand how the brilliant photography, the score, the production design, the costume design, the montage, the performances and, of course, the script writing and directing became much more than the sum of its parts ”, he adds.
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The statement details that, in order to carry out the new master, more than 300 boxes of film reels were examined, to find the best possible resolution for each frame of each movie.
More than 4 thousand hours were dedicated to repair different anomalies, like stains and tears, and more than a thousand hours for a color correction at the height, all supervised by Coppola and cinematographer Gordon Willis.
In addition to the 5.1 audio approved by Walter Murch in 2007, the original mono tracks from The Godfather Y The Godfather Part II.