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Gangster rewrapping: Godfather III’s second coming

Coppola’s director’s cut features a new ending to the third instalment in his mob series, which only underlined the excellence of its predecessors

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Al Pacino in the The Godfather: Part III

Al Pacino in the The Godfather: Part III

Al Pacino in the The Godfather: Part III

Critics may not love The Godfather: Part III, but Francis Ford Coppola seems to have an abiding affection for it. From what I hear, a new cut features several new edits, including a significant one near the film’s climax. It also has a new title that seems a bit of a spoiler, The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. It’s being given a cinema run in other jurisdictions and was released on streaming platforms this week.

I always felt some sympathy for Coppola regarding Godfather III. Released to much anticipation in December of 1990, it got a bit of a toasting from the critics: the plot, they moaned, was convoluted, the mood funereal, Al Pacino’s ageing make-up patchy, Sofia Coppola’s performance risible. That last complaint was rather unfair: I watched the film recently and she isn’t that bad, but Sofia, perhaps wisely, has preferred to stay behind the camera ever since.


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