If you are a fan of The Godfather film , book , or game [godfatherwiivideo, godfatherlegacy, godfather360, godfather], you'll enjoy The Godfather Legacy by Harlen Lebo . Lebo's book is a fascinating account of the making of the classic films. The writing style is captivating and easy to read without any trace of the Hollywood gossip-style "journalism" so common today.
Anyone who has tried creating a film or a video game will recognize many of the trials, troubles, and ultimate successes experienced by Francis Coppola and producer Al Ruddy.
Some interesting things I learned from the book:
- Gianni Russo, who played Carlo, spent $2,000 to create his own unsolicited audition tape.
- Marlon Brando never seemed to memorize his lines, instead relying on cue cards hidden in every scene.
- The legendary scene showing the transfer of power from Vito to Michael Corleone was rewritten in practically a single night by a "script doctor" hired at the last minute.