Press release: Winner of three Academy Awards & countless other honors, The Godfather remains one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Nino Rota's iconic score accompanied by the film's traditional Italian folk music & jazz comes to life on stage, performed live by symphony orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. Tickets are currently available at www.AXS.com, STAPLES Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 888-929-7849. This concert is produced by AEG LIVE.
“It is with great excitement that we are able to bring this masterful score and film to the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. That we are able to preserve and present some of the most cherished music in the history of our craft is both exhilarating and humbling,” said Justin Freer, Conductor and Producer of The Godfather LIVE. “There is little film music as instantly recognizable as Nino Rota’s opening music played on trumpet, and only a handful of films as masterfully made as The Godfather. The marriage of these two masterpieces on stage live at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will be visual and aural treat like nothing else.”
The Godfather, released in 1972 to popular and critical acclaim, tells the story of the Corleones and their rivalry with other New York crime families between 1945 and 1955, as the title character (Marlon Brando) hands over the reins of power to his youngest son (Al Pacino). Also starring James Caan, John Cazale, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, the film won three Academy Awards - including Best Picture and Best Actor (Marlon Brando) - and established Coppola’s reputation as one of the exciting new breed of directors who revolutionized Hollywood from the late-1960s onwards. In 2008, an Empire magazine vote saw The Godfather named as the greatest film ever made, a distinction also awarded it by Entertainment Weekly and Metacritic. It came second in Sight & Sound’s 2002 list and Time Out’s 2003 readers’ poll, and is currently ranked at number two in IMDb’s all-time list.
Composer Nino Rota achieved international acclaim in the 1950s and ‘60s for his work with Italian directors Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, scoring the likes of White Nights, The Leopard, La Dolce Vita and 8 ½. His music for The Godfather, including its immortal "Love Theme," was ranked at #5 in the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest scores ever written.
"Los Angeles has always been the cultural connector of art forms, and an inspiring steward of new ones. We are honored to bring The Godfather LIVE to a city we love so much,” said Brady Beaubien, Producer and Co-Founder of CineConcerts. “We are proud to embrace the evolution of live experience, and we hope that this concert honors the many talented musicians that bring the music of the movies to life, while giving everyone the ability to re-live one of the great masterpieces in Cinema."