Event Language of Film The Language of Film in The Godfather Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Bryn Mawr Film Institute Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece based on co-screenwriter Mario Puzo’s blockbuster novel is routinely praised as a family saga of Shakespearean grandeur, a uniquely American tale that paints a flaws-and-all portrait of our nation, a sterling exemplar of cinematic storytelling and a cultural touchstone. Yet what most people don’t think about — or aren’t aware of — is that The Godfather could not be any of these things without first being a compendium of finely executed film techniques. In this lecture, we will examine clips from The Godfather to gain both a better understanding of editing, cinematography and more — and a greater appreciation of the film. Surely, we’ve made you an offer you can’t refuse. This presentation is part of Andrew Douglas’s Language of Film series.