If you love the gangster thriller The Godfather, The Royal Albert Hall is making movie fans an offer they can’t refuse – the chance to see it on the big screen as Nino Rota’s immortal orchestral score is played live.
This unique version of Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless masterpiece, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, and spanning 10 years in the lives of a New York 'crime family', will grace the iconic venue on Monday December 8th 2014.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said: "The Royal Albert Hall has become the place to see great films with great scores played live, and the chance to watch The Godfather with Nino Rota’s legendary music performed on stage and in full will be a unique experience for fans.
"We are delighted to welcome the Corleone family to this iconic venue."
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 revolutionised Hollywood from the late-1960s onwards.
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.
The Godfather Live is part of the Hall’s ongoing series presenting cinematic landmarks with live orchestral accompaniment, with future events including the UK premieres of Gladiator and J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Royal Albert Hall is located in the heart of Kensington, close to many other attractions and London hotels.