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40th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ - 15th March 2012

Today marks the 40th anniversary of what many consider to be one of the greatest films ever made: “The Godfather.”

Based on the book of the same name by author Mario Puzo, the film, originally released March 15, 1972, starred Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, a leader of a Mafia family in 1940s New York. It was his character that uttered the famous line, “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Al Pacino joined Brando as Vito’s son Michael, the godfather-in-waiting who seeks revenge on his family’s enemies.

The Francis Ford Coppola-directed film, which also starred James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Abe Vigoda, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for best picture, best actor for Brando, and best adapted screenplay. It spawned two sequels, released in 1974 and 1990.

Film critic Jeffrey Lyons declares “The Godfather” to be a time capsule of sorts that takes moviegoers back to a different era. He says, “‘The Godfather’ is a work of art. It’s the greatest gangster movie ever made, just as ‘Gone with the Wind’ will always be the greatest Civil War movie ever made.”

Lyons isn’t the only one who feels that way. In 2010, “The Godfather” and its 1974 sequel ranked first and second on a Zagat Survey list of the top 20 movies of all time.

Incidentally, “The Godfather” franchise is currently the subject of a legal battle between Paramount Pictures, which released the films, and Puzo’s estate. Paramount has claimed “The Godfather” legacy was “tarnished” by the release of a book sequel not approved by the studio. Puzo’s estate recently countersued.




Al Pacino to visit The Star Sydney with An Evening with Al Pacino, by Greg Tingle - 26th October 2011

"Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever." - The Godfather (1972)

Legendary actor Al Pacino will be bringing his one-man show, An Evening with Al Pacino, to Sydney next month as part of a special happening on the 17th and 18th November at The Lyric Theatre, The Star.

In a unique performance Al Pacino entertains audiences as he revisits his amazing career and most memorable roles.

Part of the gig includes an intimate on stage interview followed by audience members pitching questions to the living legend.

We've heard the night also concludes with an unforgettable acting finale which needs to be witnessed to be believed.

Pacino has performed for over 40 years and some of his best known work includes The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Heat and Scent of a Woman and Scarface.

Tickets are now on sale via Ticketek and range from $109 to $199.

Echo Entertainment and The Star powers that be continue to impress with their entertainment offerings, and Pacino has obviously embraced the opportunity, as have many other showbiz legends such as Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Crown Casino's top brass including James Packer are watching this space closely, so expect Crown to pull a rabbit or two out of the hat as the battle between The Star and Crown Casino continues.



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