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Summer is upon us, and it’s my favorite of the seasons. The warmth, the longer days, the promise of football in the fall, and family gatherings with lots of storytelling. And there is no greater family saga than the story of the Corleones. Through the intrigue, power struggle, and drama of this classic mafia organization emerges a simple story of a family and the struggles to keep it together.

Al Pacino sits in a chair as Don Michael Corleone

Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone

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One of the beautiful ways the director, Francis Ford Coppola, depicted the change of time in his masterpiece, The Godfather Part II, was by altering the colors of each time period. When he told the story of Vito Corleone, he shot the scenes of the 1920s in a darker amber light, similar to the light of an old filament bulb. And when the story transitioned back to the story of his son, Michael, the 1950s is a world of washed-out Technicolor. With a story this complex and a timeline that disrupts traditional narrative structure, the color changes are a masterful way of organizing the chapters and pages of this classic drama. It is a must for a summer movie night.

Actor Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo exits a car in a scene from The Offer.

Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo in The Offer on Paramount+

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And if you’re as much of a Godfather fan as I am, check out The Offer on Paramount+ to learn more about the making of the epic first film in the trilogy.

— Ed Mann

Film within a film: Miles Teller as Al Ruddy and Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola and other cast members of The Offer

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By Sarah Deming

It was the greatest movie almost never made. From day one, The Godfather was fraught with death threats, backroom deals, epic battles, and secret plotting worthy of Shakespeare ... and that's just what happened off-screen. Now The Offer, a new 10-part limited series from Paramount+ streaming this month, treats fans to the edge-of-your-seat true story of how the future Oscar winner went from page to screen.

Here's a look at the colorful characters who helped make Hollywood history—and the talented cast bringing them to life in The Offer.

You can stream The Offer as well as all three Godfather films—parts 1, 2, and 3—on Paramount+ starting April 28. The first three episodes will be available on April 28, with new episodes to follow every Thursday.

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Promotional poster for the new Paramount+ series The Offer, using a font and logo inspired by original art from The Godfather

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By Kathy Passero

Paramount+ just made you an Offer you can’t refuse …

Fans of The Godfather know all the classic lines and characters, but the behind-the-scenes story about making the movie is as electrifying as the Corleone saga itself—and just as full of colorful characters and danger. It’s the subject of the riveting new Paramount+ series The Offer, streaming starting April 28.

Based on the recollections of Academy Award–winning producer Albert S. Ruddy, the 10-episode series marks the 50th anniversary of the first Godfather movie, the star-making classic that broke box office records, helped save the studio, and became a film legend.

All three original Godfather films will also be available on Paramount+ starting on April 28. Are you due for a Corleone-family refresher? To help put your memory through its paces, here’s a quiz to test your knowledge of the original film.

Stream The Offer exclusively on Paramount+ starting April 28. The first three episodes will be available on April 28, with new episodes to follow every Thursday.

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