The Godfather: Part II Returns to Cinemas in a new 4K restoration from 21 February, 2014

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The Godfather: Part II

New 4K Restoration | Winner of 6 Oscars® | Back in Cinemas: 21 February 2014

OPENING VENUE: BFI SOUTHBANK

40 years since its original release, The Godfather: Part II returns to the big screen in a new 4K restoration previously unseen in the UK.

Opening at BFI Southbank on 21 February, as part of a wider Al Pacino retrospective, this classic by Francis Ford Coppola is one of the finest examples of Pacino’s work.

Widely regarded as the greatest sequel ever made (the first time a sequel won Best Picture at the Oscars®), The Godfather: Part II is the beating heart of the Corleone’s cinematic family album; a genre classic that connects the past, present and future of the notorious gangster clan.

Intermingling narratives, spanning two generations and moving from Sicily to New York to Cuba, The Godfather: Part II is an expansive exploration of cinema’s most captivating and dysfunctional family. One storyline follows Robert De Niro as a young Vito who experiences his first brush with the sharp end of organised crime and begins to lay the foundations of the Corleone dynasty. Elsewhere, we follow on from the first film as Pacino’s Michael brutally asserts himself as the Don that his father never wanted him to be – ascending to the height of his powers, expanding the business and sweeping aside all those who stand in his way.

Violence begets violence, power changes hands and anyone can be killed as Coppola’s opus ploughs a fertile furrow in the grey area between love and loyalty, family and business. Blood drips from generation to generation as a wolfish Pacino inherits the sins of his father and adds some more of his own. This is one of cinema’s most acclaimed performances and an unparalleled display of control from one of its most exuberant performers.

Restored by Paramount Pictures, The Godfather: Part II is back in cinemas from 21 February 2014, opening at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide.

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