Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Show Their Support for The Godfather at Tribeca Festival

Whether fans, critics, actors or filmmakers, rarely has a film garnered similar reactions from people who agree with its brilliance.

And that’s exactly what has happened in the 50 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opened in US theaters.

In honor of the 50th anniversary, protagonist Al Pacino, who played eventual Corleone family boss Michael Corleone, and Robert De Niro, who played the young version of his father Vito Corleone in the sequel, attended a special tribute and screening at the Tribeca Festival In New York City.

Classic: Robert De Niro, 78, and Al Pacino, 82, attended a special 50th anniversary tribute and screening of The Godfather at Tribeca Festival in New York

Tribeca Festival, an annual film festival organized by Tribeca Productions and co-founded by De Niro, screened a restoration of the film on Thursday night.

Prior to the United Palace show, Pacino sat onstage with Michael Hainey to discuss the film, which earned 10 Oscar nominations, and its lasting impact.

At the 45th Academy Awards in 1973, the iconic crime film won the coveted Best Picture award, along with Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola).

Classic: The Godfather (1972) starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan and John Cazale is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

Classic: The Godfather (1972) starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan and John Cazale is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

Fate: Pacino, 82, only had one movie under his belt when Francis Ford Coppola approached him about playing Michael Corleone

Fate: Pacino, 82, only had one movie under his belt when Francis Ford Coppola approached him about playing Michael Corleone

Revered: Pacino discussed The Godfather's lasting impact with Michael Hainey at the Tribeca Festival in New York on Thursday

Revered: Pacino discussed The Godfather’s lasting impact with Michael Hainey at the Tribeca Festival in New York on Thursday

Over the five decades since its release, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, with praise for the performances, in particular Brando, Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall, direction by Coppola, screenplay by Coppola and Puzo, photography, editing and sheet music.

Dressed all in black, consisting of a blazer, pants, t-shirt, scarf and sneakers, Pacino, 82, spoke about his life as an actor leading up to the filming of The Godfather and the aftermath.

He was just 31 years old and only had one movie under his belt when Coppola approached him about playing Michael Corleone. The character arc is as good as it gets for an actor: going from shy son and reluctant outsider of the family that served his country honorably in World War II, to unsuspecting assassin and eventually the ruthless mob boss of the Corleone family.

It became the highest-grossing film of 1972, and for a time was the highest-grossing film ever made, earning between $246 and $287 million at the box office.

Light moment: De Niro and Pacino shared some laughs as they posed for photographers

Light moment: De Niro and Pacino shared some laughs as they posed for photographers

Captions: As part of the festival's special screening, De Niro joined Pacino on the red carpet, considering he played as important a role as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II (1974)

Captions: As part of the festival’s special screening, De Niro joined Pacino on the red carpet, considering he played as important a role as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II (1974)

The follow-up: De Niro starred as a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), speaking Italian for most of his performance

The follow-up: De Niro starred as a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), speaking Italian for most of his performance

As part of the festival’s special screening, De Niro joined Pacino on the red carpet, considering he played as important a role as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II (1974).

The two iconic actors stood side by side momentarily as photographers snapped pictures.

Usually apprehensive and uncomfortable dealing with media events like this one, De Niro flashed several smiles as he casually dressed in black pants with a dark blue blazer over a light blue top.

At times, both stars could be seen laughing and smiling as they chatted with each other under the red carpet spotlight.

Star power: The two iconic actors stood side by side momentarily as photographers snapped pictures

Star power: The two iconic actors stood side by side momentarily as photographers snapped pictures

Acclaimed: The three Godfather movies received 28 Oscar nominations

Acclaimed: The three Godfather movies received 28 Oscar nominations

Background: The Godfather II is the first sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture

Background: The Godfather II is the first sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture

Although The Godfather II (1974) did not outperform the original film commercially, it became Paramount Pictures’ highest-grossing film of 1974, earning $93 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of $13 million.

It served as a sequel and prequel to The Godfather (1972), weaving between the aftermath of the original film and the backstory on how and why Vito Corleone immigrated to the US from Sicily and his rise as founder of his family business in New York.

The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning six of them, including Best Picture, which was the first in a sequel, as well as Best Director for Coppola and Best Supporting Actor for De Niro, who spoke mostly Italian, with subtitles, during its run. performance.

While not as highly regarded as its two predecessors, The Godfather III (1990) received seven Oscar nominations, on its way to grossing $136.8 million at the box office on a budget of $54 million.

In hindsight, amidst several 50th anniversary tributes this year, Pacino says he is “deeply honored” by all the accolades and accolades bestowed on The Godfather, and that he was “so fortunate” to have landed the role of Michael Corleone. , although it took him ‘a lifetime to accept it and move on.’

Tributes: Pacino, Coppola and De Niro attended this year's 50th anniversary tributes, including at the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in March

Tributes: Pacino, Coppola and De Niro attended this year’s 50th anniversary tributes, including at the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in March

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