Of late I have started to watch all the classic movies of English cinema. I know I am lagging behind most of you but I will catch-up fast. My lappy is stuffed with hundreds of movies and that has started to bother me now. So I begin to make use of each movie ranging from It’s a wonderful life (1946) to Rocky to Godfather Series . In a week or two I was overwhelmed by the quality of story, acting and cinematography. I will post my reviews later of each of the movies. Every movie is a sheer brilliance. Its like appreciating a generation of legends. I believe everyone has a chart of movies in their head which one keeps updating. Mine has gone through multiple updates. Though these movies could not move Shawshank Redemption, which I saw in 2011, from top of the charts.
Frankly, I am an inbuilt critic of not just movies but of anything and everything. I remember my friends teasing me for calling an adventure ride too predictable..in the middle of that ride *hides*. In fact, movies give you a little more liberty. A freedom to express how I received the movie although it might be telling a different tale completely. It is said that the most difficult thing to follow is to simply things. To communicate in the most simplest terms is an art. And as the simplification gets more effortless the beauty of that art gets more profound. So is with cinema. You should convey your thoughts in the most effortless way.
One such pioneers of Hollywood industry was Ford Coppola, the director of The Godfather series. The Godfather is considered as one the finest movies by all around the world. For those who have no clue about the movie, it depicts the story of an Italian mafia’s rise in America. The first part of the series is encapsulated by Marlon Brando’s acting. For anyone who recognizes Marlon Brando would think of Don Corlene as soon as he/she sees Marlon. His suave voice and his calm demeanor stood out throughout the movie. I had always heard of Marlon Brando and he seemed to exceed my expectations. Yet Godfather seemed to create a breeding ground for something more phenomenal – The Godfather-II. A legend in the making was Al Pacino. The Godfather-II nurtured and accredited Al Pacino for his classic acting.
Al Pacino carried the same poise that Marlon Brando did. He even bettered in the sense that he created a sense of fear with his calmness. Throughout the movie with extremely simplistic expression he conveyed a varied levels of expressions. But there is one scene which stands class apart. Because when someone watches a movie very rare does it happen that someone acting is highlighted automatically, unless it is really bad. In the scene, Al Pacino as an actor could be quantified.
He is an acting mafia and has a messed up family relations. While he was away he came to know about his wife’s miscarriage and he feels guilty for ruining his relation with wife further. He tries with all might to keep the family intact because everything else seems to pass from his hands. He is frustrated but never shows it openly. He is a Don and he only orders. The scene here opens where he is trying to convince his wife that everything can be sorted out. Micheal, as he is called in the movie, thinks Don and asks her what can done in lieu of settling things. But his wife has made up her mind and insists on leaving along with the children. The Don retaliates saying he would use all force to not let that happen and is pretty sure of keeping the children. Al Pacino can be distinctly seen with hubris in his voice and his body language. At 00:47 you see how, from a pompous man he changes to a completely reasonable person. The dialogues too show sympathy. At 01.18 another shift to a man who shows promise. His eyes filled with passion and a vision for future. He talks of the change and how he knows that he has the strength to change everything, which is fair assumption from a anyone’s point of view. And then comes the deal breaker from his wife Kay. She informs him that the miscarriage was actually an abortion. This strikes as thunder to the Don who had been blaming himself for an event which was someone else’s deliberate deed. Adding to the injury she rebukes him and refuses his benevolence. At 01.57 I could see shame in his eyes for having misjudged an event and for having felt guilty for the miscarriage. His wife unaffected by him keeps on blowing her trumpet. At 02.08 the Micheal seems to find his world tearing into pieces. And he seems to gather these pieces as he looks back up. Kay is still ranting her heart with even more vigor. At 02.27 Micheal begins to outrage in fury. His wrath is so engulfing that the his chin begins to flinch. His eyes are open wide with rage. His mind is full of thoughts and violence. He is finding strength to control himself. All this is so gripping that you feel like hiding somewhere. But his wife is a brave women and she becomes the statue of truth. Honesty is good yet it should have its limit, which is what poor Kay could not understand. Meanwhile the Don is waiting for the cords to snap. And there you go. In a fit of rage, he lungs towards her and gives in to the pressure building in his head. Its as if his actions were involuntary. Soon after he finds himself and regains his senses which are still rushing with hot blood. Still shivering he commands her not to mess with his children. When the hot blood circulates back to the head he shouts saying the same words again like a ill-tempered lunatic. Woah !!! Goosebumps.. 3 minutes of headrush…silence..
I read that he was a method actor. It seems that he might have used that skill in this scene. Because nobody could have done it better. Every scene now appears mediocre. A new list breaker is created. The best acted scenes. Let us step aside for the exquisite 3 minutes of marvel.