How ‘The Godfather Coda’ Allows Francis Ford Coppola to Redefine His Biggest Disappointment

Some people have never seen “The Godfather Part III” despite their love for Sofia Coppola, whose career behind the camera emerged from the ashes of her supposedly amateurish performance as Michael Corleone’s doomed teenager daughter in her father’s trilogy-capping epic.

This writer had never seen “The Godfather Part III” because of my love for Sofia Coppola.Born in 1984 and raised to think of the “Lost in Translation” director as more of an auteur than an actress, I’ve been all the way in on the likes of “Somewhere” and “Marie Antoinette” from the moment Coppola’s movies came into my life, and it always seemed unnecessary — even rude — to dig through the trash and unearth what I understood to be her greatest embarrassment (even if Coppola herself is blasé about the whole thing).

It goes without saying that I grew up in the thrall of “The Godfather” and its sequel,

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