The Godfather Part 3, 1990

Director

Francis Ford Coppola

Cast

visit the film locations

New York: Flights: JFK Airport

Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue (tel: 212.355.3000)

Mulberry Street Bar, 176 1/2 Mulberry Street, Little Italy (tel: 212.226.9345)

United States Customs House, 1 Bowling Green at Broadway, now housing the National Museum of the American Indian

Palermo: Flights: Palermo International Airport Falcone-Borsellino

Palermo Tourism

Teatro Massimo, Piazza Verdi, Palermo


Trivia

See Mulberry Street Bar in Nine 1/2 Weeks; State of Grace and the excellent Donnie Brasco, with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp

In Palermo, you can check out locations for The Talented Mr Ripley, along with arthouse classics such as Luchino Visconti's The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), and nearby – Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura and tearjerker Cinema Paradiso.

The Godfather Part 3 location: The operatic climax: Teatro Massimo, Palermo

The Godfather Part 3 location: The operatic climax: Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Locations for the overambitious end to what became the Godfather trilogy are split between New York and Italy, where studio interiors were shot at the famous Cinecittá Studios in Rome.

Michael Corleone is awarded the Order of St Sebastian the Martyr at Old St Patrick’s Cathedral, 264 Mulberry Street, Little Italy (site of the christening in The Godfather, its graveyard was featured in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets).

The Italian-American street festival, during which Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna) is gunned down, is on Elizabeth Street, which runs parallel to Mott Street, the Little Italy location where Don Corleone was shot in the first film, and in fact, more filming took place at the Mietz Building, 128 Mott Street, which served as the ‘Genco Olive Oil company’ in Part 1.

Vincent (Andy Garcia) and Mary Corleone (Sofia Coppola) drink at was Mare Chiaro, now the Mulberry Street Bar, 176 Mulberry Street between Broome and Grand Streets, a familiar film location, seen in Donnie Brasco as well as TV's The Sopranos. The neighbourhood lady is a cameo from Martin Scorsese's mother, Catherine.

The Godfather Part 3 location: Mulberry Street Bar, Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York

The Godfather Part 3 location: Vincent and Mary Corleone drink at Mulberry Street Bar, Mulberry Street, Little Italy, New York

‘Palazzo Azzurro’, site of the ’copter attack on the mob convention is Trump Castle Casino Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey (though the interior was recreated in the studio at Cinecittá).

Family lawyer Harrison (George Hamilton) visits shifty Archbishop Gilday, staying modestly at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue. The Immobiliare takeover meeting is the United States Customs House, 1 Bowling Green at Broadway in Lower Manhattan, now housing the National Museum of the American Indian. The building was featured in Ghostbusters II, and has more recently been seen as the site of the Riddler’s flash party in Batman Forever and was transformed into the ‘City Public Archives’, in which the young Tenenbaums camp out, in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums.

The Godfather Part 3 location: Old US Customs House, Lower Manhattan, New York

The Godfather Part 3 location: The Immobiliare takeover: Old US Customs House, Lower Manhattan, New York

Long-disused Palermo Town Hall was opened up and refurbished for Michael’s return to Sicily. Sicilian locations from the previous Godfather movies were revisited, including the village of Forza d’Agro north of Taormina.

When Kay visits Sicily for her son’s opera debut, she’s met by Michael, seemingly, at ‘Bagheria Railway Station’, though the scene was in fact shot at Taormina, on the other side of the island. In the real Bagheria, just east of Palermo, you can visit the extravagant villa seen in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 60s classic L’Avventura.

The toast to Anthony’s debut as an opera singer was filmed at Villa Malfitano, Via Dante 167, Palermo (open to the public, mornings Monday to Saturday; tel: 091.6816133). The archbishop’s office is the map room of the pentagonal Villa Farnese (open to the public), at Caprarola, a small village near Viterbo, about 30 miles north of Rome.

Michael is absolved by Cardinal Lamberto, the future Pope John Paul I, at the Church of Santa Maria della Quercia in Viterbo itself.

The grandly operatic climax was filmed at the Teatro Massimo, Piazza Verdi in Palermo, and though renovation work meant that the interior opera scenes had to be filmed at Cinecittá, the tragic conclusion to the saga is staged on the opera house steps.

The Sicilian villa of Don Tommasino, where Michael finally dies, is Castello degli Schiavi, near Fiumefreddo, where Apollonia was killed in the original The Godfather).




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