The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 37 (The Godfather Part 3)

I don’t think I’ve ever done this much ‘homework’ while preparing for any podcast episode. But then again, is it even fair to call rewatching some of the most important American movies ever made as homework?

In any case, for the latest episode of The Uncut Gems Podcast we decided to have a conversation about the only one of the three (or four, depending how you see the recently re-edited Coda) movies in The Godfather trilogy that most fans agree is below par. Therefore, it only felt appropriate to sit down and watch all of these films, which is in itself an interesting observation because there are but a handful of film series or trilogies that somehow don’t necessitate rewatching all entries in order to see the last one. As a result, it is only logical to assume that The Godfather Part 3 is hierarchically beneath its predecessors, or at least the first one. I do have some opinions on where The Godfather Part 2 sits in the pecking order but for that you will have to tune in to the actual episode and have a listen. And I am not alone in thinking that, just so you know.

So please, have a listen to the newest episode of our show in which we dug really deep into The Godfather Part 3, both in its theatrical and re-edited incarnations. We talked about how the movie was seemingly not meant to come together, how Sofia Coppola became (unfairly, mind you) a lightning rod for the criticism aimed at the film, how its sprawling plot isn’t that much of a distraction, how symmetrical to the original it is, how it again brings in real historical events as context for the story at hand and much more. Suffice it to say that The Godfather Part 3 is a great movie that has unfairly been labelled as inferior and unworthy of attention. Sure, it doesn’t really hold the candle to the 1972 original, but then again not many films do in general. However, what must be said is that thanks to Coppola’s stubborn insistence on making the third movie in the series and then years later on giving it a bit of a makeover, this film is a fitting conclusion to the Corleone saga that cements the character of Michael Corleone within the culture as one of the most interesting anti-heroes and – by virtue of the aforementioned symmetry – elevates the original even more.

Tune in and enjoy!

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