As we continue to hear troubled production woes on the sets of the latest blockbusters, it’s always fascinating to go behind the scenes of some of cinema’s iconic classics that suffered similar roadblocks. One such example is a young Francis Ford Coppola and the tumultuous crafting of his masterpiece, The Godfather.
With the film (and its heralded sequel) currently screening at NYC’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, it’s prime time to dive into the trilogy with a making of documentary. We featured a brief portion of the behind-the-scenes feature-length look, but now Jeff Werner‘s The Godfather Family: A Look Inside has recently been put online in full.
Also included in latest Blu-ray set, this 73-minute documentary was created around the release of The Godfather Part III, which accounts for the candid footage from that production. It also dives into the creation of the first two films, featuring interviews with Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, James Caan, editor Walter Murch and more. They discuss everything from the iconic horse head scene to the first film’s unforgettable ending to the specifics of Pacino’s character arc in the trilogy and much more. Check out the entire documentary below and pick up the Blu-ray set here if you haven’t yet.
Side note: This documentary makes for ideal viewing with another look behind a gangster epic, Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas.
Which Godfather film is your favorite? Did you find the documentary insightful?