Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: ‘The vows of love we make will live until we die’

50 years later, here’s how they’re reviewing The Godfather.

The Godfather justifies every minute of its extravagant running time.
Brian Viner, The Daily Mail

For all its graphic violence, the movie was—unlike the novel it was based on—no mere exercise in popcorn sensationalism; it was emotionally complex, tragic, melancholy, definitely for grownups.
Dennis Harvey, 48 Hills

The Godfather is the most memorable, most influential, most quoted, most beloved, most discussed, most imitated, most revered and most entertaining American movie ever made.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

The effective mingling of innocence and corruption here raises this moving, adult film above the level of the ordinary gangland thriller. Its three hours of well-acted, well-written and fascinating drama constitute an original and intriguing film.
G.J. Fleming, Orlando Sentinel

The Godfather is one of those very few pictures that we’d like to see go on and on and on — like the line at the box office.
John Huddy, Miami Herald

Andy Williams was the first to record a vocal of the theme. My goodness, that final high note.

The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando) and Best Screenplay based on material from another medium.

According to the American Film Institute (AFI):

When the Academy Award nominations were first announced, Nino Rota also had received a nomination in the category of Music, Original Dramatic Score, but, following a controversy widely reported in Hollywood trade papers, Rota’s nomination was withdrawn after it came to the attention of the Academy that portions of the score for The Godfather previously had been used by Rota in his score for the 1958 Italian film Fortunella.

So blatantly obvious. Listen at about a minute in:

Last Sunday the film was featured on CBS Sunday Morning…


When Elvis died there were all kinds of TV and radio specials and documentaries. During a radio recap of the King’s life his longtime deep bass singer D.J. Sumner noted that Elvis was devastated by his divorce with Priscilla.

Sumner said Elvis became very interested in singing songs about the loss of a woman. One example was “You Were Always on my Mind.” The conventional wisdom is that Willie Nelson sang and recorded it first. Nope. It was EP. Another was “Separate Ways.” “There’s nothing left to do but go our separate ways.”

And 50 years ago this very week Elvis was in the studio recording the following.

Released as a single in 1973 “Fool” was the B-side of “Steamroller Blues” and peaked at #17 on the Billboard chart.

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