Essay on The Transition Of The Godfather

726 Words Oct 29th, 2015 3 Pages
No matter how artful the literary work appears in print, the transition from page to screen is something many of us look forward to. Finally, we get to see our favorite characters and their stories play out before our eyes. It is that direct link and appeal to our senses that often makes the movement to film worth our while. More often than not though, when a novel is put to film there is something to be gained and something to be lost. The transition of The Godfather was no different.
Though the film was superb for its time, there was quite a lot of the novel left out of it. I personally consider some of that to be a good thing; especially in concern of some of the extra characters and subplots. One of those characters is Johnny Fontane. He makes his appearance in the film, but instead of playing the major role that he had in the novel, he is now more of an ornamental character. Lucy Mancini is another character who I was glad didn’t grace the screen like she did in the film. Her character and Las Vegas subplot added nothing to the book but seedy fluff. With some of the characters and extra fluff reduced to smaller roles the film was able to focus more on the central characters of Don Corleone, and his son Michael.
Both the book and the film focus on the Corleone family and the head patriarch Vito Corleone, the godfather; as well as his youngest son Michael. The film captures much of the same criminal elements that made the book such a worthwhile and interesting read.…

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