THE Strand Arts Centre will be continuing their Criminal Classics season throughout the month of September by screening two of the most influential films within the gangster genre-The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974).
The two films, which collectively won nine Academy-Awards, tell the epic tale of the Corleone family, a New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire from rival families as the leadership switches from Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) to his youngest son Michael (Al Pacino).
Although many other films about the Mafia preceded The Godfather, Coppola’s portrayal of mobsters as characters with considerable psychological depth and complexity was an innovation. The success of the films opened the doors for more and varied depictions of mobster life, including films such as Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and TV series such as David Chase’s The Sopranos.
Each of the Strand’s screenings will be introduced by a member of the BanterFlix team
Thursday 3 September Robert J. E. Simpson introduces The Godfather (8pm)
Thursday 10 September Richard Davis introduces The Godfather (8pm)
Thursday 17 September Neil Sedgewick introduces The Godfather Part II (8pm)
Thursday 24 September Jim McClean introduces The Godfather Part II (8pm)
Tickets cost £3.50 each and can be purchased from the Strand’s website.