Sunday, July 18, 2010
The final part and epilogue of the saga after The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), The Godfather Part III is completes the story of Don Michael Corleone, aging mafia boss who tries to legitimize his business to atone for his guilt.
Michael has abandoned many of mafia activities, selling the Las Vegas casinos, and leaving the Corleone family's criminal interests in the hands of Joey Zasa, the remaining criminal wing of Corleone family.
Michael returned to New York City from Lake Tahoe, restore his reputation via numerous acts of charity, creates the Vito Corleone Foundation which he has endowed with $100,000,000 to use for the betterment of Sicily.
The Godfather Part III also fictionalized the death of Pope John Paul I (1978) and the Papal banking scandal (1982), and links both with the affairs of Michael Corleone. Michael has recently bought up stock in International real-estate holding company Immobiliare to gain majority control of the company's board of directors, and now makes a tender offer to buy the Vatican's 25% interest in the company by offers to pay $600,000,000 to the Vatican Bank - which has run up a massive deficit - in exchange for the shares. But he later realizes that the deal was a conspiracy to swindle him out of his money.
The Godfather Part III features veteran actors from its prequels: Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), Diane Keaton (Kay Adams), and Talia Shire (Connie Corleone). It also stars Andy García (Vincent Mancini), Joe Mantegna (Joey Zasa), George Hamilton (as B.J. Harrison, the next Corleone family consiglieri after Tom Hagen), Bridget Fonda, and Sofia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola's daughter who plays as Michael's daughter, Mary Corleone).
Although received a generally positive responses, The Godfather Part III is widely considered to be the weakest film of the trilogy. It was the only film in the trilogy not to have Al Pacino nominated for Best Actor, the only film in the trilogy not to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the only film in the trilogy not selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. Instead, Sofia Coppola won a Golden Raspberry for worst supporting actress for her role as Mary Corleone.