Song of the Day #2109

Song of the Day: The Godfather (“The Godfather’s Tarantella”) [YouTube link] was composed by Carmine Coppola (father of director Francis Ford Coppola). This gem, featured in the 1972 Oscar-winning Best Picture, is heard during the wedding reception of Connie and Carlo, while Don Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando in an Oscar-winning turn, is taking care of The Family’s business behind closed doors. While, in my opinion, “The Godfather Epic” is the only way to see the full breadth of this saga—because it unites all three films and includes over 50 deleted and extended scenes—this landmark gangster flick remains among the greatest of its genre, and the American Film Institute agrees.

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