As The Godfather celebrates its fortieth anniversary, Paramount Studios has given permission for fifteen items of memorabilia to be replicated including a publicity poster for the original film, a leaflet detailing the prosthetic teeth Marlon Brando wore as the iconic Don Corleone and a page from Mario Puzo’s novel (annotated while screenplay was being written).
Containing rare and removable memorabilia, The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives is being touted as THE “definitive behind-the-scenes guide to the making of one of modern film’s greatest works.”
From press release:
“The Godfather trilogy has amassed 52 Oscar nominations, 29 Oscar wins, and netted $484,000,000.00 in worldwide box office sales. This stunning book of memorabilia and never-before-published photos takes you behind the scenes to reveal the seldom-told story of how this epic was created against great odds. Despite the critical acclaim and financial success of the venture, the initial Paramount production was made under pressure-cooker conditions. Coppola was Paramount’s third choice for director; no one wanted to gamble on an unknown actor named Al Pacino; and the studio initially wanted Robert Redford or Ryan O’Neal to play Don Corleone. This unexpected box office smash is brought to life through previously unpublished photos of experiences on the set and on-location filming that captures the grit of 1970s New York. Fans will also savor the book’s rare stills from deleted scenes.”
Oh mah gahhhhh. Can you IMAGINE Redford or O’Neal playing The Don or someone else other than Pacino playing Michael? Hard to believe but that’s the kind of mindblowing shiz this book will offer up to fascinate someone new to the franchise and hardcore fan alike !
As a HOOGE fan of the franchise (okay, I begrudgingly recognize part III but appreciate that it wraps up the trilogy) and someone who has no issues watching I and II in one sitting, I will (im)patiently wait for October to roll around so’s I can add this compendium to my library!
The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives will hit store shelves this October and retails for $45.
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