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This fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay of The Godfather presents all the little-known details and behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the landmark film. The Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, from its brilliant cinematic innovations and its memorable, oft-quoted script to it magnificent cast This fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay of The Godfather presents all the little-known details and behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the landmark film. The Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, from its brilliant cinematic innovations and its memorable, oft-quoted script to it magnificent cast, including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and others who are now among the most celebrated actors of our time. And yet, the history of its making is so colorful, so chaotic, that one cannot help but marvel at the seemingly insurmountable odds it overcame to become a true cinematic masterpiece, a film that continues to captivate us decades after its release. Now, thirty-five years after The Godfather's highly anticipated debut, comes this fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay. Virtually every scene is examined including: Fascinating commentary on technical details about the filming and shooting locations Tales from the set, including the arguments, the accidents, and the practical jokes Profiles of the actors and stories of how they were cast Deleted scenes that never made the final cut Goofs and gaffes that did And much more Interviews with former Paramount executives, cast and crew members—from the producer to the makeup artist—and director Francis Ford Coppola round out the commentary and shed new light on everything you thought you knew about this most influential film. The more than 200 photographs from the film, from behind-the-scenes, and from the cutting room floor make this a visual feast for every Godfather fan.


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This fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay of The Godfather presents all the little-known details and behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the landmark film. The Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, from its brilliant cinematic innovations and its memorable, oft-quoted script to it magnificent cast This fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay of The Godfather presents all the little-known details and behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the landmark film. The Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, from its brilliant cinematic innovations and its memorable, oft-quoted script to it magnificent cast, including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and others who are now among the most celebrated actors of our time. And yet, the history of its making is so colorful, so chaotic, that one cannot help but marvel at the seemingly insurmountable odds it overcame to become a true cinematic masterpiece, a film that continues to captivate us decades after its release. Now, thirty-five years after The Godfather's highly anticipated debut, comes this fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay. Virtually every scene is examined including: Fascinating commentary on technical details about the filming and shooting locations Tales from the set, including the arguments, the accidents, and the practical jokes Profiles of the actors and stories of how they were cast Deleted scenes that never made the final cut Goofs and gaffes that did And much more Interviews with former Paramount executives, cast and crew members—from the producer to the makeup artist—and director Francis Ford Coppola round out the commentary and shed new light on everything you thought you knew about this most influential film. The more than 200 photographs from the film, from behind-the-scenes, and from the cutting room floor make this a visual feast for every Godfather fan.

30 review for The Annotated Godfather: The Complete Screenplay with Commentary on Every Scene, Interviews, and Little-Known Facts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Addy

    I always enjoy the opportunity to learn more about my favorite movies. When this opportunity was bundled with the chance to take a peek at the actual screenplay as well, my little aspiring screenwriter heart was singing. I have no idea if I read the actual screenplay or not...the formatting was adjusted to fit into a book, so it looked different 🤔. But the content was enjoyable to read. There were fun little production anecdotes, some deleted scenes included in later cuts of the films, productio I always enjoy the opportunity to learn more about my favorite movies. When this opportunity was bundled with the chance to take a peek at the actual screenplay as well, my little aspiring screenwriter heart was singing. I have no idea if I read the actual screenplay or not...the formatting was adjusted to fit into a book, so it looked different 🤔. But the content was enjoyable to read. There were fun little production anecdotes, some deleted scenes included in later cuts of the films, production stills. It was a nice, light read, and considering how heavy some of my other summer reads have been, I appreciated this break.

  2. 4 out of 5

    JoséMaría BlancoWhite

    This is a beautifully edited book. It has all the information you will ever want about Godfather 1st Part. Pictures in every page; very elegant and informative text on the sides; nice print size; the full movie script; brief bios of the main actors. It's got it all. The non plus ultra for Godfather fans. The information is given very friendly-like, not like from a hyper-fanatic, but restrained, and from one who knows the kind of details that will interest most of us readers. The price is also unbe This is a beautifully edited book. It has all the information you will ever want about Godfather 1st Part. Pictures in every page; very elegant and informative text on the sides; nice print size; the full movie script; brief bios of the main actors. It's got it all. The non plus ultra for Godfather fans. The information is given very friendly-like, not like from a hyper-fanatic, but restrained, and from one who knows the kind of details that will interest most of us readers. The price is also unbeatable, at least right now, so buy it now or never. I hope they will do another like this for the second part. The closest thing to watching the movie itself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jevron McCrory

    This hardback beast of a book is a real beauty. The COMPLETE shooting screenplay for Coppola's masterwork The Godfather is supplemented by continuous text, notes, illustrations, storyboards, interviews and anecdotes from cast and crew. Not only is it a glorious celebration of the Mafia epic, it is a nuts and bolts schematic for how the movie came to be. It truly is an offer you shouldn't refuse! This hardback beast of a book is a real beauty. The COMPLETE shooting screenplay for Coppola's masterwork The Godfather is supplemented by continuous text, notes, illustrations, storyboards, interviews and anecdotes from cast and crew. Not only is it a glorious celebration of the Mafia epic, it is a nuts and bolts schematic for how the movie came to be. It truly is an offer you shouldn't refuse!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fred Klein

    You must have this book if you are obsessed with "The Godfather" (the first film, not the sequels). It provides the whole script, with extra scenes that were cut or not filmed, plus loads and loads of trivia and behind-the-scenes information. Remove a star if you're not obsessed with "The Godfather". Then it's only four stars and worth your time to read, but maybe not own. If you are not even into movies ... well, skip it. But there's something wrong with you. You must have this book if you are obsessed with "The Godfather" (the first film, not the sequels). It provides the whole script, with extra scenes that were cut or not filmed, plus loads and loads of trivia and behind-the-scenes information. Remove a star if you're not obsessed with "The Godfather". Then it's only four stars and worth your time to read, but maybe not own. If you are not even into movies ... well, skip it. But there's something wrong with you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Johnson

    I can't think of anything better than this ... a full shooting script, complete with deleted scenes, with notes, trivia, and behind the scenes photos accompanying almost every single page. And these 'notes' aren't simply 'Did You Know' trivia bits that reveal nothing we don't already know. No, we've got access to Coppola's personal notebooks, interviews with every type of person involved (producers, writers, actors, costumers, make up artists, etc) and even blurbs explaining the meaning of seemi I can't think of anything better than this ... a full shooting script, complete with deleted scenes, with notes, trivia, and behind the scenes photos accompanying almost every single page. And these 'notes' aren't simply 'Did You Know' trivia bits that reveal nothing we don't already know. No, we've got access to Coppola's personal notebooks, interviews with every type of person involved (producers, writers, actors, costumers, make up artists, etc) and even blurbs explaining the meaning of seemingly throw-away Italian words. And thanks to time and hindsight, there isn't any 'we're all a big happy family' feeder lines you get on almost every DVD bonus feature or 'behind the scenes' books these days. No, true feelings are shared. People hated Coppola, people didn't want Pacino, producers hated each other, production was a financial nightmare, etc. etc. etc ... no one pulls punches so, in essence, this is a history book with facts as real as can be believed. If you love The Godfather, this is a must read. I wish they'd publish one for Godfather II.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tom Stamper

    A great re-production of the screenplay that incorporates the entire movie including ad-libs while explaining parts that were in the original script that did not make it to the screen. Some of these written moments were shot and used in TV versions of the movie. Also along the way the author gives you some backstory on how or why certain things were chosen during the production. You also get some trivia on the actors, including the family and friends that showed up as extras at the wedding. A pl A great re-production of the screenplay that incorporates the entire movie including ad-libs while explaining parts that were in the original script that did not make it to the screen. Some of these written moments were shot and used in TV versions of the movie. Also along the way the author gives you some backstory on how or why certain things were chosen during the production. You also get some trivia on the actors, including the family and friends that showed up as extras at the wedding. A pleasant and quick read for anyone who is a fan of the film.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Anti-Native Error I so enjoyed this book until the author made an extremely grave factual error about Sacheen Littlefeather who IS Native (White Mountain Apache) and an extremely respected member of the Native community. To state that she was merely an actress paid to be Native for a night is a slap in the face to all Native filmmakers and extremely irresponsible and grossly anti-Native.

  8. 5 out of 5

    H. Christopher

    Amazing Insight The script, annotations and trivia make for an interesting read. Almost felt like you were on set. Highly recommended to anyone interested in movie making or script writing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Not so much "annotated" as it is interrupted with relatively insignificant information. It's a bit like those annoying "pop-up videos" that were popular several years ago... Not so much "annotated" as it is interrupted with relatively insignificant information. It's a bit like those annoying "pop-up videos" that were popular several years ago...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Smith

    An interesting "behind the scenes" look at how this great movie came to be. An interesting "behind the scenes" look at how this great movie came to be.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Very cool stories and insights.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeevan

    Great book. It has got some of the finest details of Coppola's thinking and choices while making the movie. Great book. It has got some of the finest details of Coppola's thinking and choices while making the movie.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a great read for any fan of the film "The Godfather". Included with the screenplay are deleted scenes from the film, along with blurbs in the margins about scenes that were filmed but omitted (and if they were included in the various Godfather Trilogy/Saga edits), scenes from the novel that never made it, decision made by producers or director, tidbits about the actors. The book is peppered with photographs - some from the movie, some from the production. A personal favorite would be Jam This is a great read for any fan of the film "The Godfather". Included with the screenplay are deleted scenes from the film, along with blurbs in the margins about scenes that were filmed but omitted (and if they were included in the various Godfather Trilogy/Saga edits), scenes from the novel that never made it, decision made by producers or director, tidbits about the actors. The book is peppered with photographs - some from the movie, some from the production. A personal favorite would be James Caan after the filming of Sonny's death, covered in blood and casually smoking a cigarrete on set. It's a quick read - about as fast as watching the film - but there's a lot of information that will stick with you and teach you about the process of bringing a book to film.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Works of great art do not come easy, and the motion picture version of THE GODFATHER is no exception. This is a movie that almost didn't get made and, while in both production and post-production, it was plagued with one problem after another. This superb book not only contains the complete screenplay for THE GODFATHER, but "author" Jenny M. Jones has also filled her volume with interesting little known facts about the movie's history. Everything you could ever want to know about this great classi Works of great art do not come easy, and the motion picture version of THE GODFATHER is no exception. This is a movie that almost didn't get made and, while in both production and post-production, it was plagued with one problem after another. This superb book not only contains the complete screenplay for THE GODFATHER, but "author" Jenny M. Jones has also filled her volume with interesting little known facts about the movie's history. Everything you could ever want to know about this great classic motion picture is in the book, including background information about cast and crew, production details, goofs, deleted scenes and plenty of photographs. A fascinating read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Girish Kohli

    Seldom are books written to add to a movie and it is even rarer that a book is written about a movie that is based on a book. This is one of those rarest books and its a good read for all fans of the movie. Its a canvas of widespread photos accompanied with notes and thoughts of all those who were a part of the movie. You get an insight into the troubles on the sets, the fight between the cinematographer and the director, director and producer, between Marlon Brando and coppolla, its all there. T Seldom are books written to add to a movie and it is even rarer that a book is written about a movie that is based on a book. This is one of those rarest books and its a good read for all fans of the movie. Its a canvas of widespread photos accompanied with notes and thoughts of all those who were a part of the movie. You get an insight into the troubles on the sets, the fight between the cinematographer and the director, director and producer, between Marlon Brando and coppolla, its all there. The best part is that everyone who worked on the movie testifies that it was the worst experience of their life. Now we know what it takes to make a classic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dean Landsman

    For fans of The Godfather, there may be no better book than this. Little details that have major impact on understanding how filming decisions (direction, lighting, editing, script changes, setting and location issues, etc.) are covered, sometimes in more detail than one could imagine would exist. Coppola's various decisions and the day by day, scene by scene annotations provide insight into the film and expand the wonder of this cinematic gem. Back story and much of the mood of the entire shoot c For fans of The Godfather, there may be no better book than this. Little details that have major impact on understanding how filming decisions (direction, lighting, editing, script changes, setting and location issues, etc.) are covered, sometimes in more detail than one could imagine would exist. Coppola's various decisions and the day by day, scene by scene annotations provide insight into the film and expand the wonder of this cinematic gem. Back story and much of the mood of the entire shoot can be found in this book. I highly recommend it to fans of cinema, film-making, Coppola, and The Godfather.

  17. 5 out of 5

    catechism

    3.5 stars. Exactly what it says on the tin. interesting and fun to read along while watching the movie, if a bit basic. What I really want is Coppola's insane godfather bible. There are some photos of a few of the pages, but I'd love the whole thing. (He ripped the pages out of the book and glued them onto blank sheets of paper, and then obsessively annotated it while planning out the movie. Gimme.) 3.5 stars. Exactly what it says on the tin. interesting and fun to read along while watching the movie, if a bit basic. What I really want is Coppola's insane godfather bible. There are some photos of a few of the pages, but I'd love the whole thing. (He ripped the pages out of the book and glued them onto blank sheets of paper, and then obsessively annotated it while planning out the movie. Gimme.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Simma

    This is F Coppolas shooting script for The Goodfather , part 1. It´s a beatiful edited book with Coppolas handwriten comments on the script, mixed with the background story of the film. I really liked the book and it gave me a new understanding of how hard it´s to make good films. I read this book on the kindle, and the pictures are not as good as I image they are in the hard-copy book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I don't know of too many books transformed into a movie this carefully. This walks the reader through Coppola's challenges of making this famous movie. Also, there's some really fun trivia and descriptions of scenes that didn't make it. This is a book that needs to be in one's hands and not electronic; the images, the cut and paste look of it give it authenticity, as if I were in the shoot. I don't know of too many books transformed into a movie this carefully. This walks the reader through Coppola's challenges of making this famous movie. Also, there's some really fun trivia and descriptions of scenes that didn't make it. This is a book that needs to be in one's hands and not electronic; the images, the cut and paste look of it give it authenticity, as if I were in the shoot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Great fun -- includes not just the screenplay, but scores of comments on changes made while shooting, the behavior of the actors on the set, the struggles between Coppola nad the studio, etc. It's like seeing the movie all over again, but somehow deeper. Great fun -- includes not just the screenplay, but scores of comments on changes made while shooting, the behavior of the actors on the set, the struggles between Coppola nad the studio, etc. It's like seeing the movie all over again, but somehow deeper.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Javier Badillo

    Read it along with the film, which was a lot of fun. Filled with interesting bits and bites of information, from production and script notes by Francis Coppola to opinions from the cast and crew. It's a little too basic for serious reference material, unfortunately. But it sure was fun. Read it along with the film, which was a lot of fun. Filled with interesting bits and bites of information, from production and script notes by Francis Coppola to opinions from the cast and crew. It's a little too basic for serious reference material, unfortunately. But it sure was fun.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    Can you ever know enough about the Godfather movies?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Craigary

    A must own for both fans of the movie and screenwriters and filmmakers. Not just the script but tons of inside/behind the scenes anecdote and quotes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe Bartello

    For Godfather fanatics (myself included), this is a 'must have'. Lots of great pics and info in this book. For Godfather fanatics (myself included), this is a 'must have'. Lots of great pics and info in this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andy Perdue

    Received this for Christmas, spent all the rest of the day reading it. Want to watch all the movies all over again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    A delight! In addition to the complete screenplay, Jones provides numerous sidebars with production details, trivia, gaffes, and reflections of cast and crew.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan Miroballi

    Love it!!!! Great book, I love how it explains all the behind-the-scenes, getting all the actors, the movie not being made and just everything else was well put together.

  28. 4 out of 5

    May

    Maiku Classic lines like "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse." Maiku Classic lines like "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Siemers

    Awesome. Great read for film people who like the Godfather.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nottyboy

    Enhanced script I am not sure hownmuch, if any, overlapping information is here with the 'making of' documentary , as it's been a while since I've watched that. I feel like I got a lot more new info in this book; lots of little tidbits that gave a fuller picture of the people involved, as well as the process. I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase . i am docking one star, though , for Kindle formatting issues in one of the appendices listing the actors. Enhanced script I am not sure hownmuch, if any, overlapping information is here with the 'making of' documentary , as it's been a while since I've watched that. I feel like I got a lot more new info in this book; lots of little tidbits that gave a fuller picture of the people involved, as well as the process. I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase . i am docking one star, though , for Kindle formatting issues in one of the appendices listing the actors.

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