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“As Don Corleone calmly explains his idea of “friendship” to the undertaker Bonasera, the first nearly full-body shot of the don reveals an unexpected guest: a gray and white cat sitting in Marlon Brando’s lap. “The cat in Marlon’s hands was not planned for”, director Francis Ford Coppola said later. “I saw the cat running around the studio, and took it and put it in his hands without a word”. Brando apparently loved children and animals, and it became part of the scene. But it also nearly ruined the shot. When the sound crew listened to Brando’s dialogue, they couldn’t understand a word he was saying and feared they would have to use subtitles. The problem wasn’t Brando but the cat, whose purring wrecked the sound. You can still hear it on the sound track.”

The Godfather (1972) dir. Francis Ford Coppola

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“But I never wanted this for you. I worked my whole life. I don’t apologize for taking care of my family. And I refused to be a fool, dancing on a string held by all those big shots. I don’t apologize. That’s my life, but I thought that, that when it was your time, you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone. Governor Corleone. Something. Just wasn’t enough time, Michael. Wasn’t enough time.“

The Godfather (1972) dir. Francis Ford Coppola