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The Godfather Part II
(1974)
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Co-Composed by:
Nino Rota

Co-Composed and Conducted by:
Carmine Coppola

Produced by:
Tom Mack
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(March 26th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of an Academy Award (both composers). Nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you seek to investigate only one score in this famous franchise, a compelling combination of the memorable themes from the first score with several powerful additions for the continuation.

Avoid it... if, like the first score, you expect to hear either a truly well-rounded work outside of its primary set of themes or, for that matter, any definitive album release of the music.
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WRITTEN 10/5/09
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The Godfather Part II: (Nino Rota/Carmine Coppola) Considering all the popular sequels within the various franchises in Hollywood that have followed Francis Ford Coppola's extremely successful The Godfather Part II, it's astonishing to recall that Paramount was initially quite nervous about the financial viability of a direct sequel in 1974, fighting the director's attempt to use "Part II" as a portion of the title. Despite the eventual mutual interest in the second film, however, Coppola was disgruntled over his experience with The Godfather, and in an effort to appease him, the studio afforded Coppola a greater budget and the opportunity to make another fine picture of his choice the same year (The Conversation). For a second time, a superior script (again utilizing input from author Mario Puzo) and a phenomenal ensemble cast performance were highlights of the production (the last to be shot in Technicolor, too), leading to six Academy Awards in eleven nominations and inclusion high upon many accomplished critics' lists of the top films in the history of cinema. The plot of The Godfather Part II is even more sinister and depressing than that of the previous entry, despite the romantic half of the film dealing with Vito Corleone's immigration to America and ascension to power. All three films in the franchise conclude with tremendous assassination scenes that solidify Michael Corleone's general position in the mafia, the second film eliminating most of the remnants of the old Italian hierarchy (and some within) as the Corleone family moves into the realm of Nevada gambling in the 1950's. Coppola has long maintained that the first two films (of 1972 and 1974) are the primary features and the The Godfather Part III in 1990 was nothing more than an epilogue. Indeed, The Godfather Part II is easily the powerhouse of the franchise, and the film also represented the pinnacle of the music for the topic as well. The score for the original The Godfather caused a sensation, its two primary themes extremely memorable in the mainstream, though because Nino Rota adapted material from several of his previous works for these themes, he was ineligible for some awards consideration. The equation would be a bit different for The Godfather Part II, Rota returning and writing significantly more fresh music and the director's father, Carmine Coppola, again writing the source music heard in performances on screen.

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Average: 3.55 Stars
***** 60 5 Stars
**** 37 4 Stars
*** 26 3 Stars
** 16 2 Stars
* 25 1 Stars
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The Godfather Part II Formula
Bruno Costa - December 5, 2010, at 4:46 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:28
• 1. Main Title/The Immigrant* (3:25)
• 2. A New Carpet* (1:58)
• 3. Kay* (2:58)
• 4. Ev'ry Time I Look in Your Eyes**/After the Party* (2:33)
• 5. Vito and Abbandando* (2:36)
• 6. Senza Mama/Ciuri-Ciuri/Napule Ve Salute - performed by Livio Giorgi (2:34)
• 7. The Godfathers at Home* (2:33)
• 8. Remember Vito Andolini* (2:59)
• 9. Michael Comes Home* (2:18)
• 10. Marcia Stilo Italiano** (2:00)
• 11. Ninna Nanna a Michele - performed by Nino Palermo (2:18)
• 12. The Brothers Mourn* (3:18)
• 13. Murder of Don Fanucci - performed by Marcia Religioso/Festa March (2:48)
• 14. End Title* (3:51)
* composed by Nino Rota
** composed by Carmine Coppola

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The insert includes extensive photography and captions about the plot, but no extra information about the score.
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