Well, this week in my 70s Cinema course, we'll be talking about The Godfather, Part II. I'm interested in anything my readers might have to say about the film, which is, in my opinion, an interesting way to make a sequel. That is, it seems to intentionally avoid the sense of "nostalgia for the original" that most sequels go for, instead creating an opposite feel. There is no honor in Michael Corleone's reign (in contrast to Vito's reign). The whole film seems to be tinged with the loss of Vito -- just as the viewer feels the loss. His presence in the first film was so powerful that everyone in the movie feels the loss and can't help but compare Michael to him. Connie yells at Michael that, "You're not my father!" when he opposes her latest marriage, and Fredo sadly says, "I wish pop was here" near the end.
The complex structure and plot also go against the standsrd sequel fare, which normally tend to re-tell the original story but with slight differences (like Rocky II
, which tells essentially the same story but gives the viewer what he or she wanted in the first film, namely a victory for Rocky).
Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what elements of this film interest you the most.