Movie Talk: The God­fa­ther

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, Stu­dio Host Peter Bart chats with Al Ruddy, pro­ducer of The God­fa­ther, about the film’s birth pangs, its ges­ta­tion pe­riod in devel­op­ment, its painful pro­duc­tion process and the con­tro­ver­sial edit­ing. ‘‘ Peter, when I started The God­fa­ther I was young and beau­ti­ful,’’ says Ruddy. ‘‘ Look at me, th­ese are the rav­ages of do­ing that movie.’’ He is only half jok­ing. Both men agree with the show­biz maxim that tor­tu­ous sets lead to great movies. ‘‘ When you’re happy on set you tend to be sloppy and lazy,’’ says Ruddy. ‘‘ That movie had ev­ery­body on set on edge, ev­ery minute.’’ This won’t be ev­ery­body’s cup of or­ange cor­dial. But for peo­ple who love movies, who care about how they are made and who want to learn from ex­perts, it is un­miss­able.

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