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Well there’s not much that hasn’t been said about this film. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, and for good reason. The standard of storytelling, character development and acting is absolutely first class. Its tells the story of the comings and goings of a big gangster family. The family are the Corleone family and we are introduced to them on the daughter’s wedding day. There is much celebration but behind closed doors Vito “The Don” Corleone is doing business.

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Things start to get stressful however when a Vito refuses an offer to help the drug trade. This starts off a vicious war within the five families that starts to spiral out of control. The other element to this is Vito’s youngest son Michael, who is played by Al Pacino. He has recently returned from World War 2 and has never been involved in the families “business.” However through the events that take place during the war of the five families, he soon sees no other option than to protect his family, and he changes dramatically as the story progresses.

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This is definitely a wonderful film that really is very clever and really well executed. You get a sense of the real chemistry between the actors and they really feel like a real family. The only reason I didn’t give this a 5 out of 5 is because I do feel that it is slightly baggy in some scenes, especially the wedding. Fantastic film though and I was glad to watch it again. I am looking forward to part 2 because I think that used to be my favourite.

When you are really into film, like I am. There are some directors that you just simply have to look into because they are considered the best of all time. Alfred Hitchcock is one of these “top-tier” directors. I have only seen the magnificent film Psycho before this one, but I felt it was time that I start watching this guys movies. I got this movie and I have to admit that this is a superb film. It’s not only a really interesting idea, but its full of  tension, which Hitchcock is the master of. Also its got some brilliant twists and turns. It’s a really clever idea that follows a character who has been in an accident and is confined to a wheelchair in his apartment. He is a photographer and passes the time of day by using his big lens to watch his neighbours going about their daily life’s.

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One night he hears a woman scream “don’t!” and a glass break. He gets his lens out and starts watching as a neighbour across the courtyard then starts leaving his apartment several times carrying a sample case. He also observes him cleaning a large knife and a handsaw. He notices hat the guys wife is nowhere to be seen. Thus he is now convinced that the guy has murdered his bedridden wife. He obsesses about it and his girlfriend at first doesn’t seem to share his theories and even questions whether he should be spying on people.

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The film is clever in many ways. We are left in the room with the main character for practically the whole movie. So we feel as secluded as he does and also we become voyeurs just like the main character. We simply aren’t sure if the guy has committed murder at all. There is evidence supporting both sides. Did he commit murder or is the main character just a tad paranoid? it’s a really great concept and some of the sequences towards the end are so tense, I was on the edge of my seat. This is a fantastic film that probably deserves 5 out of 5 but I would like to revisit it at some point. Great movie, by a very clever director!