The Godfather: Part 1 (3/10) Movies scenes – death of luca brasi (1972)

The Godfather was released in 1972 and took the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. (Brando also won for Best Actor, but didn’t accept the award. It was claimed by Sacheen Little-feather to protest the treatment of American Indians.)

It was an instant classic.

The ’70s is actually now considered a great decade for directors: Coppola, along with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, were busy creating some of the greatest movies of all time: Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, Jaws…the list goes on. But arguably, none had a bigger impact than The Godfather.

Its legacy? Well, the vogue for all things Mafia-related stems largely from this one movie (ironically, the word “mafia” is used in The Godfather precisely zero times). Sure, gangster movies had been popular for decades before, but The Godfather changed the nature of the genre. Instead of being a simple tale of tough ‘hoods containing a pointed moral, The Godfather created…a mythology.