The Godfather — How to Direct Power (Director’s Playbook)

The Godfather analysis in this video essay focuses on how director Francis Ford Coppola used blocking and staging to visually capture the power dynamics within the Corleone family. Specifically, how Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) takes his first steps towards inserting himself in the family business…and his first steps towards becoming The Godfather.


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Blocking & Staging


Ethics & Morality

Family & Relationships


Gangster & Mob

Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Trilogy