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The Godfather and On the Waterfront The Godfather and On the Waterfront are two movies that make an attempt to explain organized crime urban life working people and the role of government in the lives of people in the 1940s These two movies share many similarities and differences form both a thematic and artistic standpoint They also shed some light on a part of American history that is not fully understood It is in light of these facts and observations that the movie On the Waterfront is a more satisfying film to watch in my opinion In both movies the general theme is the same That theme is the role of organized crime in American cities Although they tell stories of different aspects of mob involvement on a different part of society the basic idea is constant involvement of the mob in everyday life of American society Artistically these two movies varied greatly with good reason I might add On the Waterfront was releases in 1954 somewhat primitive times in the world of movie making and the Godfather was made in the mid-seventies it is only reasonable to expect that with the changing times comes changing technology and therefore changing styling of the films art On the Waterfront is a black and white film uses extremely few special effects as to be expected in this time of movie making a somewhat corny dialect and a rare subject matter with very little precedent to work from The Godfather on the other hand is in color utilizes cutting edge special effects for the 1970s at least a more real dialect which aids in the believability of the film and the same subject which in the 20 some-odd years since On the Waterfronts release had become a more researched and documented subject matter Taking these and other factors into consideration clearly shows why artistically the Godfather is a better more advanced film
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