The Godfather Journal

By Ira Zuckerman

A diary of the construction of the 1st Godfather film.

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The one new de­vel­op­ment is a gentle move of little ladies, of vari­ous a while and sizes, pour­ing in­to the foyer of Film­ways. they're can­did­ates for the jobs of mem­bers of the wed­ding social gathering, and one in every of them could be selected to play the child-star girl­friend of motion picture pro­du­cer Jack Woltz. thirty ninth Day of Shoot­ing: Wed­nes­day may possibly 19 round midday, after a regimen morn­ing, Cop­pola sud­denly de­cides to re­store a scene that was once minimize from the script: the birth­day celebration of the Shir­ley Temple–type baby star on the Woltz Broth­ers stu­dio in Hol­ly­wood.

The decision at the present time is for five a. m. it's a sizzling, muggy and over­cast morn­ing. Mike Chap­man, cam­era op­er­at­or, Cop­pola and Ruddy are wait­ing for the ex­ter­i­or setup of a scene de­pict­ing the shoot­ing of Bar­zini, performed through Richard Conte. they're dis­cuss­ing in­fant­ile sexu­al­ity and Reichi­an psy­cho­logy. “I spent sixteen months in Reichi­an ana­lys­is and it was once the easiest time of my life,” says Ruddy. “Sex used to be nice dur­ing that time. i've got a chum in Cali­for­nia who has his personal or­gone field.

Cop­pola has spent a part of Sunday re­hears­ing with Di­ane Keaton and Al Pa­cino their in­tim­ate hotel-room scenes. Pa­cino de­cided to spend the evening within the el­eg­antly ap­poin­ted suite of rooms and greets the workforce in his bath­robe as they ar­rive for the morn­ing name. Later that morn­ing, whereas set­ting up for the 1st shot, Fred Astaire drops via to say hi to Cop­pola. The act­or, who starred within the dir­ect­or’s final movie, Fini­an’s Rain­bow, heard concerning the God­fath­er film­ing while he checked in that morn­ing on the St.

Not anyone says it, yet many needs to sus­pect an­oth­er at­tempt on Colombo’s lifestyles, an at­tack within the hos­pit­al to fin­ish him off. similar to within the God­fath­er. I input the hos­pit­al. Im­me­di­ately a po­lice­man stops me and asks the place I’m go­ing. I inform him the 8th flooring and he's sat­is­fied. within the el­ev­at­or, I ask a nurse which flooring the op­er­at­ing rooms are on. Fol­low­ing her in­struc­tions, i am getting off at the moment flooring. This time i'm stopped via a nurse. She says the po­lice won’t al­low me to re­main on this flooring.

Because the women are approximately to go into they cease and stare in dis­be­lief at considered one of the pas­sen­gers fa­cing them. he's cas­u­ally wearing an or­ange cashmere tur­tle­neck sweat­er, a worn black vel­vet jack­et and black pants. In his hand is a script of The God­fath­er. “Oh, my God! ” gasps one of many women, “It’s Mar­lon Brando! ” The act­or re­sponds with a blinding smile and gal­lantly makes manner for the dan­cers. a couple of minutes later Brando enters a wide room at the most sensible flooring of the build­ing, which is used for theat­er, dance and tele­vi­sion re­hears­als.

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