MARIO PUZO’S THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE (2020 re-edit) – That title is almost as awkward as Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? starring Anthony Newley and Joan Collins. In December Francis Ford Coppolla’s re-edited version of The Godfather Part III: The Death of Michael Corleone became available for viewing. This was done to mark the 30th anniversary of the original release of the much-criticized third installment of the Godfather franchise.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this item, but I’m happy to say that I found it to be an improvement of the 1990 version. Coppolla went with different takes on some scenes, trimmed a few and repositioned others, resulting in much better pacing.
I agreed with almost all of the cuts, like getting rid of the “ironic sledgehammer over the head” moment when Eli Wallach’s Don Altobello piously says “Blessed are the peacemakers” after setting up a face-to-face meeting between Vincent and Lucchesi. Continue reading