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Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Photographs from the Set of ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy

You’ve seen the movies, now see these photographs that provide a rare look behind one of cinema’s most influential series. http://bit.ly/1qh8wUC


"To see if there were vibes between Marlon and myself,  Elia Kazan put us in a room, and he whispered to me “Eva Marie, you’re home alone and your sister’s boyfriend is coming. Do not let him in the house!” So here comes adorable Marlon knocking on my door, and I did everything possible to discourage him. And somehow he got in the room, and we started talking and he put the radio on, and we started dancing. The sparks just flew. He was adorable but a little frightening…you felt he could see right through you. He gave every line reading differently, so that it was always new.”
"You could just see it in his eyes. I’ve worked with many fine actors but he was the finest.”

"To see if there were vibes between Marlon and myself,  Elia Kazan put us in a room, and he whispered to me “Eva Marie, you’re home alone and your sister’s boyfriend is coming. Do not let him in the house!” So here comes adorable Marlon knocking on my door, and I did everything possible to discourage him. And somehow he got in the room, and we started talking and he put the radio on, and we started dancing. The sparks just flew. He was adorable but a little frightening…you felt he could see right through you. He gave every line reading differently, so that it was always new.”

"You could just see it in his eyes. I’ve worked with many fine actors but he was the finest.”


"I’m not insane about Brando for this. In fact, in my opinion he is quite wrong. But he’s a fine actor and if he’s really excited about it and will work like a beginner trying to get a start, he can be fine. He’s got to be hungry and anxious. The power to be that disappears with your picture on an ad.” - Elia Kazan’s letter to Bud Schulberg concerning the casting of Terry in “On The Waterfront
Marlon Brando photographed at the 27th Academy Awards holding his Oscar he won for his role as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront

"I’m not insane about Brando for this. In fact, in my opinion he is quite wrong. But he’s a fine actor and if he’s really excited about it and will work like a beginner trying to get a start, he can be fine. He’s got to be hungry and anxious. The power to be that disappears with your picture on an ad.” - Elia Kazan’s letter to Bud Schulberg concerning the casting of Terry in “On The Waterfront

Marlon Brando photographed at the 27th Academy Awards holding his Oscar he won for his role as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront


Marlon Brando in a studio publicity shot c. 1960s

Marlon Brando in a studio publicity shot c. 1960s

Francis Ford Coppola with Al Pacino and Marlon Brando behind the scenes of The Godfather (1972)

There was screen acting before Brando and after Brando, just as there was painting before Picasso and after Picasso…and even the casual observer can tell the difference. As film historian Molly Haskell pointed out, the film star’s legend “is written in one word. BRANDO. Like Garbo. Like Fido. An animal, a force of nature, an element; not a human being who must, as a member of society, distinguish himself from other members with a Christian name and an initial as well as a surname. There is only one Brando.” — Stefan Kanfer

There was screen acting before Brando and after Brando, just as there was painting before Picasso and after Picasso…and even the casual observer can tell the difference. As film historian Molly Haskell pointed out, the film star’s legend “is written in one word. BRANDO. Like Garbo. Like Fido. An animal, a force of nature, an element; not a human being who must, as a member of society, distinguish himself from other members with a Christian name and an initial as well as a surname. There is only one Brando.” — Stefan Kanfer

But the fact is, making movies is time out for me because the rest, the nearly complete whole, is what’s real for me. I’m not an actor and haven’t been for years. I’m a human being — hopefully a concerned and somewhat intelligent one — who occasionally acts.

But the fact is, making movies is time out for me because the rest, the nearly complete whole, is what’s real for me. I’m not an actor and haven’t been for years. I’m a human being — hopefully a concerned and somewhat intelligent one — who occasionally acts.