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The Godfather Part II (re-release for 40th Anniversary)

Al Pacino (Godfather Part II)

By Jeremy Hamlin

As a continuation of the 40th anniversary celebration of the original release of The Godfather, the Godfather Part II has been re-released in theatres nationwide tonight. 

This classic crime drama continues with Michael Corleone taking over the family business and expanding the family power into Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  The interesting aspect of the 2nd installment of the Godfather Trilogy is the ongoing tale of two different stories. While a majority of the movie follows Michael Corleone and his ongoing role as the new Don, the movie tells another story of the young Vito Corleone.  Beginning with him fleeing from his home in Sicily, this tale follows Vito’s path to America via Ellis Island and his new adventures with Clemenza and introduction into the criminal world. 

We also get to see the ultimate story of betrayal between Michael Corleone and his somewhat slower, less fortunate older brother Fredo.  With a back-drop of pre-revolutionary Cuba, Michael discovers his brother’s involvement in his betrayal, ultimately delivering one of the best scenes of the trilogy: the kiss of death and the infamous line, “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.”

While this movie is the longest of the three, it also provides the most interesting story-telling.  As an audience, we get to see the ever-increasing power exerted from the new head of the Corleone family.  Needless to say, it’s a must see. I know where I’ll be tonight.

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