The Godfather movie was epic—maybe even as much as the film process itself, which was no straight and easy road. As Open Forum points out, there are a few business lessons you can learn from the film, such as:
Don’t listen to the experts, especially if they know less than you
The making of The Godfather movie could easily be turned into a movie unto itself. It seemed as though the studio executives with decades of experience did everything imaginable to ensure its failure, despite their best efforts to achieve the opposite. The studio did not support Francis Ford Coppola, then a relatively young director, who worked diligently on the screenplay despite knowing that he could be replaced at a moment’s notice with a more famous director selected by the experts. Many of his key decisions, such as hiring Al Pacino for the role of Michael Corleone and Marlon Brando for the role of Vito Corleone, were vehemently fought against by these so-called experts. It turns out, however, that the experts that bet against a broke, middle-aged writer, a no-name director and unbillable actors were wrong. Despite all of their experience, they had forgotten what it was like to be hungry and willing to take creative risks. This hunger is what achieves greatness.
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