Read/Watch: Francis Ford Coppola's Insane Notes for 'The Godfather' (and The Scene That Followed)

Read/Watch: Francis Ford Coppola's Insane Notes for 'The Godfather' (and The Scene That Followed)

Aug 24, 2011

For some reason today is a day for news about The Godfather. First there was a full copy of The Godfather that popped up on YouTube and seemed to have been uploaded by Sony Pictures UK. That copy of the film has since been removed, so, as they say, there's nothing left to see there. But it's cool because we have one better: Check out this really fascinating image of a page from Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather notebook, where he has a page from the book taped down with a slew of notes (and exclamation points!!) surrounding the text.

The notes are a mishmosh of camera directions, the words "detail" and "design" appear frequently, and then, randomly, Hitchcock's name is written off to the side, as if Coppola wanted to remind himself of something Hitchcock would do with this particular scene, which just so happens to be one of the more famous scenes in the film. The scene you're looking at below is when Michael (Al Pacino) kills Sollozzo in the Italian restaurant.

Check out the filmmaker's notes and the classic scene that would eventually follow it below. Click image to enlarge.



[via Buzzfeed]

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