May 8, 1997 |
Cinematographer Gordon Willis created a memorable, nostalgic world of subdued light, rich dark tones and muted colors for 1972's "The Godfather," 1974's "The Godfather Part II" and 1990's "The Godfather Part III." But until now, Willis has felt the video and laser editions of the first two classic films--directed by Francis Ford Coppola--were just shadows of their former selves.
November 7, 1991 |
"The Godfather Part III" surged to the top of the Billboard magazine rental chart, slamming the door closed on "The Doors' " short stay at No. 1. But "Godfather III" may have a brief reign too. As well as Madonna's second-ranked "Truth or Dare"--easily the year's top documentary--is doing, it's not likely to stay in the Top Three, not with heavyweight new releases muscling their way to the top. One is "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"--starring Kevin Costner--which entered at No.
October 11, 1991 |
This week's recent releases include: "The Godfather Part III" (Paramount, no list price, R). If Francis Ford Coppola's nearly three-hour concluding chapter to the Corleone saga wasn't long enough for you when it played in theaters last year, you'll be happy to learn that the director has restored nine minutes of footage to this video version. A superb cast includes Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Andy Garcia. "Madonna: Truth or Dare" (LIVE, $92.95, R).
August 25, 1991
Regarding Easton's remarks that Francis Ford Coppola was in a creative slump for 15 years between the release of "Godfather II" and the making of "Godfather III": If "Apocalypse Now," "One From the Heart," "Rumble Fish," "The Cotton Club" and "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" are examples of his creative slump, we can only hope that Coppola stays in that kind of "slump" for the rest of his life. Many of us still consider him to be the most original and charismatic American filmmaker since Orson Welles, and we don't always judge the success of a film by how much it cost to make or how much it made at the box office.
March 13, 1991 |
A best-selling British author is preparing a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, director Francis Ford Coppola and writer Mario Puzo for an alleged breach of copyright in the film "The Godfather Part III." David Yallop claims that his 1984 book "In God's Name," which alleges that Pope John Paul I was murdered, has been plagiarized by the filmmakers. "I am consulting lawyers both here and in Washington, D.C." Yallop said. "They are considering where best to mount an action.
February 3, 1991
After 10 years of reading the Calendar Sneaks, I've learned not to take it too seriously. Films that you think are going to be big turn out to be bombs ("The Bonfire of the Vanities") and some films that nobody ever heard of until release ("GoodFellas," "The Grifters") turn out to be near-masterpieces. Only a few pictures fulfill their expectations, no more and no less ("Godfather III"). Reading Sneaks is like reading the astrology column--it's fun but usually the information does you no good at all. MATTHEW OKADA Pasadena