The Godfather: Part I (1972)
Premiered on March 14, 1972 “The Godfather” is still considered one of the greatest films ever made. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola based on a novel by Mario Puzo. Since the story is about a crime family in the 1940-50 years the filmmakers had to choose filming locations that would give the impression of being from that same time period. A lot of the Godfather filming locations remain authentic and can still be visited today.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Don Vito Corleone
Where was The Godfather I filmed?
A lot of the scenes in The Godfather part 1 were shot on stunning filming locations in the USA and Sicily, Italy. First Paramount Pictures wanted as many scenes as possible to be shot in a studio to lower the production costs. But when Mario Puzo’s novel became more and more popular Paramount gave director Coppola the permission to shoot on location.
Out came some of the most recognizable location shooting scenes in film history. For example, The death of Don Vito in the garden, Ambush on Sonny Corleone, Connie´Weding reception and so on. Most USA on-location scenes were filmed around New Your City and some of the scene in Los Angeles.
For the scenes in Sicily Coppola chose iconic small towns on the east coast of Sicily like Forza d’Agrò and Savoca.