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The Movie You Can’t Refuse: The Godfather at 50

“Leave the gun, take the cannoli”; “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”: no movie is more embedded in our popular imagination than The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary saga of an all-American crime family, the Corleones. To mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, Hot Docs is presenting this specially curated series exploring the enduring mystique and influence of this pop-cultural juggernaut. 

Beginning with a special screening of the film itself, presented in a dazzling new 4K digital restoration, and culminating in the exclusive Toronto premiere of The Sopranos Sessions – a new behind the scenes look at the show widely considered The Godfather's spiritual heirthis will be a lively, thought-provoking celebration of a movie – and a phenomenon – that you simply can’t refuse. 

Series runs May 21 - June 26

Saturday, May 21, 1:30 PM

man whispering to another man

The Godfather – 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration

See Coppola's masterpiece in a newly crafted 50th anniversary 4K digital restoration, overseen by the director himself.  
  • D: Francis Ford Coppola
  • USA
  • 1972
  • 175 min
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Friday, June 3, 9:00 PM

three men standing in front of a building

Nas: Time is Illmatic

Widely considered one of the best films ever made about hip-hop, this rarely screened documentary portrait of the Godfather-loving, Michael Corleone-quoting emcee Nas highlights the film's profound impact on the genre.
  • D: One9
  • USA
  • 2014
  • 75 min
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Saturday, June 4, 4:00 PM

three men filming two men talking over drinks

The Family Whistle (Toronto Premiere)

Encounter the talented family members and vibrant Italian settings that inspired Coppola's unforgettable family saga.
  • D: Michele Salfi Russo
  • Italy
  • 2015
  • 65 min
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Saturday, June 25, 4:00 PM

four men clinking wine glasses

The Soprano Sessions (Toronto Premiere)

What better way to celebrate the cultural legacy of The Godfather than with the exclusive Toronto premiere of these fun documentary tributes to the Sopranos, the show widely considered its creative and spiritual heir?
  • D: Kristian Fraga
  • USA
  • 2020
  • 114 min
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Sunday, June 26, 1:00 PM

man being escorted by four officers

Our Godfather

This stunning documentary thriller offers a riveting portrait of real-life Mafia kingpin-turned informant Tomasso Buscetta—and a vivid reminder of the lesson learned by the fictional Corleone family: "Once a Mafioso, always a Mafioso."
  • D: Mark Franchetti & Andrew Meier
  • United Kingdom & Russia
  • 2018
  • 93 min
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