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The Godfather, part II

Title: The Godfather, part II
Directed by:
Francis Ford Coppola
Written by:
Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Year: 1974

After having watched The Godfather, I cannot say I was looking forward to watching part two, but having done so anyway, I am at least happy to tell you that I actually enjoyed the second film. Since they have fairly much in common, I will keep this review brief. The film is really a sequel and a prequel in one, with two story lines running parallel, one covering Don Corleone’s arrival to New York and the other a direct sequel to the first movie.

I cannot really put my finger on why I liked the second part more, but I think it has got to do with many small things adding up, because apart from the story arrangement, the two films are similar. References to the first part is also apparent in many ways (the opening scene with the party from part one is used again, but with different people and a slightly different setting, for instance). As before, the film is adroitly directed, but still fails to catch my interest and is way too long for its own good. It seems that the mafia theme is not my cup of tea after all.

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