‘The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’: A Fascinating Rethinking Of A Controversial Finale [Review]

‘The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’: A Fascinating Rethinking Of A Controversial Finale [Review]
The third act of Francis Ford Coppola’s career could have gone any number of ways, but it’s still surprising that it’s turned into an extended rumination on the power of film editing. Though he hasn’t directed a new theatrical picture since 2011’s “Twixt” – the final film in a trilogy of independent productions – he has spent the past few years reworking earlier works, with mostly successful results. His 2019 “Apocalypse Now: Final Cut” was his second recut of his 1979 masterpiece, something of a happy medium between the commercially-minded original cut and his expansive 2001 “Redux” version; that same year, he released “The Cotton Club Encore,” a top-down reimagining of his critically drubbed and financially disastrous 1984 gangster musical that suddenly made that disappointment look like a lost classic.

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