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The Godfather: Part I (1972)

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

Discover the filming locations for the following scenes
New York City The Godfather: Part 1

 Corleone House In New York

  • New York City
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
The Corleone house is surely one of the most recognizable filming locations from the movie "The Godfather". People also refer to it as the "godfather house" or the "family Corleone...
New York City The Godfather: Part 1

 Connie´s Wedding

  • New York City
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
Connie´s Wedding reception was held in the garden of the Corleone house. The same garden was used also for the scene where the Godfather died of heart attack while playing...
ITALY The Godfather: Part 1

 Don Tommasino´s Villa

  • ITALY
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
Don Tommasino´s Villa is featured in several scenes throughout all three parts of the Godfather trilogy. It is the villa where Apollonia died in a car bomb hit and the...
ITALY The Godfather: Part 1

 Church in Corleone

  • ITALY
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
The Church in Corleone was used for several scenes in all three movies of the Godfather trilogy. It's the church where a man riding a donkey smuggled Vito Andolini out...
ITALY The Godfather: Part 1

 Michael Corleone´s Wedding

  • ITALY
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
While Michael was hiding on Sicily he met Apollonia Vitelli and shortly after, they got married in the town of Corleone. In the Michael Corleone´s Wedding scene, you can see...
ITALY The Godfather: Part 1

 Bar Vitelli In Corleone

  • ITALY
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
Bar Vitelli is where Michael Corleone meets Appolonia's father and asks him for his daughter's hand. Bar Vitelli is still around and you can visit it in Sicily. To find the...
New York City The Godfather: Part 1

 The Funeral of Don Vito Corleone

  • New York City
  • Ron Scott
  • The Godfather: Part 1
After Vito Corleone dies there is a beautiful funeral ceremony held in a New York cemetery. The cemetery from this scene is located in New York City and is one...

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.

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