A video essay that re-examines Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather Part III through the lens of its original title: The Death of Michael Corleone.

The film’s poor reception at the time is measured against contemporary films that fit those expectations – New Jack City, Goodfellas, State of Grace, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, Casino – and how now the film can be seen for what it was intended to be: an epilogue to the intertwined Godfathers Part I and II.

Essay written by Reece Crothers, edited by Christopher Heron, sound recording by Pavan Moondi and narrated by John Cohen. Reece Crothers would like to dedicate this video essay to ‘Papa’ Conforti.


This video essay was first published in June of 2012.