Before “The Sopranos,” “GoodFellas,” the 1983 version of “Scarface,” “Casino,” and the recent Oscar nominee, “The Irishman,” there was the granddaddy of all American gangster dramas: 1972’s Best Picture winner, “The Godfather.”
“The Godfather” will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the recently-refurbished Oaks 7 VIP Cinema, 2250 Harrison St. in Batesville. The movie kicks off a monthly series of classic movies on the big screen co-sponsored by the Oaks 7 VIP Cinema and White River Now.
“The Godfather” stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and John Cazale in the classic adaptation of Mario Puzo’s epic novel, tracing the violent history of the fictional Corleone crime family in post-World War II America.
The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (in addition to Best Picture, it also won a Best Actor award for Brando — which he refused — and a Best Adapted Screenplay award for director Francis Ford Coppola and Puzo), spawned two sequels, and has been recognized as one of the greatest movies ever made. In a British Film Institute article, renowned filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was noted as saying he believed “The Godfather” had the best cast ever and could be the best movie ever made. In 2012, writer John Podhoretz said the movie was “arguably the great American work of popular art.”
The Oaks 7 VIP Cinema/White River Now Classic Film Series offers audiences the opportunity to enjoy legendary movies like “The Godfather” as intended: on a movie screen in a theater with an audience. The movies will be shown on the second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming titles in the series include “Casablanca” (March 10), “Titanic” (April 14), and “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (May 12). For a schedule of the monthly titles in the Classic Film Series, scroll below. (Titles are subject to change.)
Tickets for each film are only $5. Showtimes for every movie will be at 7 p.m. To purchase advance tickets for the Feb. 11 showing of “The Godfather” at the Oaks 7 VIP, click here.
To contact the Oaks 7 VIP Cinema, call (870) 307-0777.