Napa’s GodFather Connection and Trivia…

Here some trivia on Napa Valley's favorite resident director; Francis Ford Coppola.

He famously purchased the old Inglenook property which was one of the great names in Napa Valley. Launched by the Finnish sea captain, Gustave Niebaum, in 1879, it was, according to wine historian Leon D. Adams (quoting a San Francisco journalist who wrote in 1889) “the California equivalent of Château Margaux.”

Wines for many years were not made under the Inglenook name bit under the Niebaum Coppola banner. The name was owned by another wine company and eventually acquired by Mr. Coppola. The Winery became very successful, per Coppola "too busy for his vision of the property and Napa."

He has since opened a more mass touristy Winery in Sonoma County and modified the Coppola owned Inglenook property back to its roots.

As fate would have it he eventually got the name and Inglenook has been reborn.

Truly bringing Inglenook back to its roots Francis Ford Coppola personally chose renowned French winemaker Philippe Bascaules to came to Napa from Bordeaux in 2011 to become General Manager of the great American wine estate, Inglenook.

Bascaules began his career as assistant to the Estate Director at the legendary Château Margaux, one of France’s five First Growth Bordeaux estates. Bascaules became Estate Director in 2000, overseeing viticulture and vinification and working alongside renowned General Manager, Paul Pontallier.

With a supporting cast bringing Inglenook back to its true beginnings, it is now becoming a great revived legend again.

And speaking of legends who can write about Francis Ford Coppola and not include an overview of the legendary GodFather Series of movies. A whole generation now exists that has not experienced the thrill of the epic crime drama and many are unaware of its significance to the American Cinema.

The Godfather is a 1972 American epic crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1969 novel by Mario Puzo. With a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola and an uncredited Robert Towne, the film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte and Diane Keaton, and features John Cazale, Talia Shire, and Abe Vigoda. The story, spanning the years 1945 to 1955, chronicles the experiences of the Italian-American Corleone family. Two sequels followed: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.
The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In addition, it had been ranked third—behind Citizen Kane (1941) and Casablanca (1942)—on the AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies list by the American Film Institute, and second when the list was published again in 2007.


1.Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, the boss (the "Don") of the Corleone family, formerly known as Vito Andolini. He is the father of Santino (Sonny), Federico (Fredo), Michele (Michael) and Constanzia (Connie) and adoptive father to Tom Hagen. Husband of Carmela Corleone. A native Sicilian.

2.Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, the Don's youngest son, recently returned from World War II. The only college-educated member of the family, he initially wants nothing to do with the "family business". His evolution from doe-eyed outsider to ruthless boss is the key plotline of the film.

3.James Caan as Santino "Sonny" Corleone, Don Corleone's hot-headed eldest son. As underboss, he is being groomed to succeed his father as head of the family.

4.Richard S. Castellano as Peter Clemenza, a caporegime for the family.

5.Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, Don Corleone's informally adopted son, he is the family lawyer and consigliere (counselor). He is German-Irish, not Sicilian.

6.Diane Keaton as Kay Adams-Corleone, Michael's girlfriend and, ultimately, his wife and mother of his children.

7.John Cazale as Fredo Corleone, the middle son. Deeply insecure and not very bright, he is considered the weakest of the Corleone brothers.
8.Talia Shire as Constanzia "Connie" Corleone, the youngest child and only daughter. She marries Carlo Rizzi.

9.Abe Vigoda as Salvatore Tessio, a caporegime for the family.
10.Al Lettieri as Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo, a heroin dealer associated with the Tattaglia family.

11.Gianni Russo as Carlo Rizzi, Connie's husband. Becomes an associate of the Corleone family, and ultimately betrays Sonny to the Barzini family.

12.Sterling Hayden as Captain McCluskey, a corrupt police captain on Sollozzo's payroll.

13.Lenny Montana as Luca Brasi, an enforcer utilized by Vito Corleone.
14.Richard Conte as Emilio Barzini, Don of the Barzini family.

15.Al Martino as Johnny Fontane, a world-famous popular singer and godson of Vito. Loosely based on Frank Sinatra.

16.John Marley as Jack Woltz, a powerful Hollywood producer.
17.Alex Rocco as Moe Greene, a longtime associate of the Corleone family who owns a Las Vegas hotel. Based on Bugsy Siegel.

18.Morgana King as Carmela Corleone, Vito's wife and mother of Sonny, Fredo, Michael, and Connie, and adoptive mother to Tom Hagen.

19.Corrado Gaipa as Don Tommasino, an old friend of Vito Corleone, shelters Michael during his exile in Sicily

20.Johnny Martino as Paulie Gatto, a soldier under Peter Clemenza and Vito's driver.

21.Victor Rendina as Philip Tattaglia, Don of the Tattaglia family.

22.Simonetta Stefanelli as Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone, a young girl Michael meets and marries while in Sicily.

23.Louis Guss as Don Zaluchi, Don of the Zaluchi family of Detroit.

24.Tom Rosqui as Rocco Lampone, a soldier under Clemenza who eventually becomes a caporegime in the Corleone family.

25.Joe Spinell as Willi Cicci, a soldier in the Corleone family.

26.Richard Bright as Al Neri, Michael Corleone's bodyguard. He eventually becomes a caporegime.
27.Julie Gregg as Sandra Corleone, wife of Sonny

Awards and honors

The Godfather won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Writing (adapted screenplay) for Francis Coppola and Mario Puzo, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Marlon Brando, who declined to collect the award and sent Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather to the Oscars in his place to explain his reasons.

The film had been nominated for eight other Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing (Charles Grenzbach, Richard Portman, Christopher Newman).

The film also had a Best Original Score nomination but was disqualified when found out that Nino Rota used another score. Despite having three nominees of Best Supporting Actor award, they all lost to Joel Grey in Cabaret. It also lost the Best Director, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing to Cabaret.
The film won five Golden Globes, one Grammy, and numerous other awards.

Academy Awards:

1. Best Actor, Marlon Brando
2. Best Picture, Albert S. Ruddy
3. Best Adapted Screenplay, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

Golden Globe Awards
1. Best Picture — Drama
2. Best Director, Francis Ford Coppola
3. Best Actor — Drama, Marlon Brando
4. Best Original Score, Nino Rota
5. Best Screenplay, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

BAFTA Awards
1. Best Music, Nino Rota

Score controversy

Nino Rota's score was removed at the last minute from the list of 1973 Academy Award nominees when it was discovered that he had used the theme in Eduardo De Filippo's 1958 comedy Fortunella. Although in the earlier film the theme was played in a brisk, staccato and comedic style, the melody was the same as the love theme from The Godfather, and for that reason was deemed ineligible for an Oscar.

Despite this, The Godfather Part II won a 1974 Oscar for Best Original Score, although it featured the same love theme that made the 1972 score ineligible.

Current rankings

The film is ranked at the top of Metacritic's top 100 list, and in the top 10 on Rotten Tomatoes' all-time best list (100% "Freshness").

In 2002, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II reached #2 on Film4's list of The 100 Greatest Films of All Time.

Entertainment Weekly named The Godfather the greatest film ever made.

The Godfather was voted in at #1 on Empire magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time in November 2008.

In Time Out's 2003 readers' poll, The Godfather was ranked the second best film of all time, after Some Like It Hot.

American Film Institute

1998 AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies – #3
2001 AFI's 100 Years… 100 Thrills – #11
2003 AFI's 100 Years… 100 Heroes and


Vito Corleone – Nominated Villain
2005 AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes:
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." – #2
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." – Nominated
"It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes." – Nominated
2005 AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores – #5
2007 AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – #2
2008 AFI's 10 Top 10 – #1 gangster film

Story and Facts completed by Chris Edwards Napa Valley July 22, 2017


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