The Godfather: Anatomy of a Film features eighteen essays on this classic film, each of which explores it from a different angle. Many essays concentrate on the technical craft of the film — from its costume design to its score and editing, to the favored gestures of its actors. Others look at particular tropes in the film, such as its deployment of cigarettes or alcohol. Still others focus on particular scenes in the film, revealing the intricate web of meanings that can be found in scenes that many critics of the film rarely examine. For a sketch of the process by which the site was created, reader are encouraged to read this essay.
The Godfather: Anatomy of a Film is a digital project that emerged from "The Seventies," a 45-person undergraduate lecture course taught by Scott Saul at UC Berkeley in Spring 2018. Support was provided by Cal's Art of Writing and Digital Humanities programs.