The Godfather Wars

The magic was the lucky result mainly of a series of accidents–Coppola’s vision of the perfect cast and crew; misunderstandings between the director and the executives; the strange camaraderie that grew between the moviemakers and the Mob; and a number of priceless ad-libs by actors that turned what was supposed to have been a low-budget movie into a masterpiece.

A wonderfully long, behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest movies ever made.

(After this piece was published in Vanity Fair, the daughter of a reputed mobster told [the magazine] how her family befriended, tutored, and overfed the Corleones.)