The Godfather Explained: Cinematography of Shadows

The harsh contrast between light and dark in the world of The Godfather has since inspired a whole host of films set in shadowy underworlds with low-lit interiors. In this video essay, ScreenPrism explores the cinematography in Francis Ford Coppola’s film, demonstrating how shadows are used help shape the film’s characters and depict the ongoing battle between good and evil.


Al Pacino

Best Picture 1970's


Gangster & Mob

Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Trilogy