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:: Spotlight :: World Premiere of The Godfather Symphony in Sydney

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Francis Ford Coppola’s sister Talia Shire, who played Connie in all three Godfather movies, and Gianni Russo, who played her on-screen husband Carlo Rizzi, will host the world premiere of The Godfather Symphony at Sydney’s State Theatre on Tuesday, July 22. The black tie gala will feature a newly remastered and restored 35mm print of The Godfather, accompanied by a 65 piece orchestra conducted by Ashley Irwin.

The event marks the upcoming release on August 7, of The Godfather – The Coppola Restoration DVD. Gianni Russo claims that he has personally known three popes, five United States presidents and every mafia boss in the United States. He also claims to have had romantic trysts with Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Liza Minnelli.

The Godfather and The Godfather Part II underwent extensive frame-by-frame examination and restoration utilising state-of-the-art digital technology in this historic restoration effort, which required more than a year to complete. The new special features take a look at the complexities of the restoration process and provide new information about how the film almost didn’t come to pass as we know it.

“The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t” relates the unlikely events, intrigue, allegiances and luck that put together the unknown director with the unwanted cast and contains interviews with most of the living players and many of the films’ admirers. Other featurettes include “…when the shooting stopped,” and “Godfather World,” which takes a look at The Godfather’s influence on popular culture today. Each film includes a commentary by Coppola.