From the Way of the Cross to Jubilee

From the Way of the Cross to Jubilee

On 30 October 1972, as the halls of the Paris Opera were full, guests signed Patou and Mothbold’s tuxedo in the grand Travala. It is the Paris premiere of “The Godfather” by Francis Ford Coppola, already a win in the United States, that earned the director (by then broken) for offering Pope’s Mercedes 600, the promise of two. One of the producers did it, Al Rudy, if the film crossed the 100,000 mark at the box office.

It’s done, and not just a little bit! Written by a mediocre writer Mario Puzo, initially conceived as a short-lived thriller about thugs, the film grew into a three-hour blockbuster, starring a devalued Marlon Brando, directed by an unknown filmmaker. was welcomed in New York by an enthusiastic public and by a critic who patted.

The “New York Times” is formal: “What Philip Roth did for masturbation, Puzo did it for murder. » There are twenty seven deaths in the movie, and we are in the middle of the Vietnam War, remember the beautiful minds. In France, it is worse: Jean-Louis Bory, in “Le Nouvelle Obes”, describes a saga of “Lasagna and Mandolin”vomit it “the huge thing that oscillates between the blaster and the cookie cutter” And, in “Mask and Wings”, adds a layer: “A huge dung!” , He’s not the only one who hates it. American cinema doesn’t have good press on the floor. The only character that escapes the wrath of critics is the cat sitting on the Godfather’s lap.

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