Operatic Style and Structure in Coppola's Godfather Triology

Citron, Marcia J.
September 2004
Musical Quarterly;Fall2004, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p423
Academic Journal
The article examines the operatic character of Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" trilogy, focusing on the operatic elements in the film that involve style or structure. The films have been considered an icon of American culture. The music in the films, most of which were composed by Nino Rota, shares several elements with opera. The films exploits the following themes which are commonly found in nineteenth-century Italian opera: honor, loyalty, betrayal and revenge.


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