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Can’t go wrong with “The Godfather Saga”

By Jim Reed/SMN

Those who appreciate a broad swath of cinematic diversions may find themselves trying hard to keep up with all the interesting alternative film screenings in our area over the next seven days. There are, quite simply, too many specialty screenings going on this week to delve very deeply into any of them — but here’s a bird’s eye view of what’s being offered.

Can’t go wrong with ‘The Godfather’

First up is the Tybee Post Theater’s three-night salute to director Francis Ford Coppola’s original 1970s “Godfather Saga.” As we mentioned in last week’s Film Scene column, the Post had previously arranged to screen 1972’s “The Godfather” for one night only, but they have amended that initial plan to now include the second film in that epic saga of Italian-American organized crime, 1974’s “The Godfather: Part II.”

Adapted from and inspired by Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel detailing the trials and tribulations of an ambitious immigrant family with a knack for illegal commerce and a violent approach to business management, these two intensely dramatic motion pictures combined earned a total of no less than nine Oscars. Starring such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Talia Shire, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Lee Strasberg, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall and “The” Abe Vigoda, they are considered to be two of the very finest American films of their era.

At 7 p.m. April 6, the Post screens the initial feature, with the sequel shown the following night at the same time. Finally, on April 8, both films will be shown back-to-back in a massive six-plus-hour double feature, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 to either of the single screenings, or just $10 for Saturday’s marathon. How can you go wrong?

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