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December 13, 2000
This Week's Video Picks
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This week my picks are Xizao (Shower) (1999 - ) and The Godfather (1972 - ).

The first film this week is a rare example of an independent film from China. Pu Cun Xin stars as a Southern businessman who goes home to his father's bathhouse in the North. He finds that his father (Shu Xu) is now much closer to his retarded younger brother (Jiang Wu). The story is about the conflict between modern, industrialized (and therefore Westernized) China and the traditional life in the provinces. Shower is a beautiful, quiet, funny film with some wonderful performances and a memorable bunch of characters.
Full review from August 7, 2000

The theme of a prodigal son conflicting with tradition is nothing new. In fact, the second film is the most famous example ever made. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, The Godfather tells the epic story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who falls in with the Mafia family led by his father (Marlon Brando), despite his intention to make it in the world legitimately. Hailed by many (and rightly so) as one of the greatest American films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece is a brilliant combination of operatic drama and intense violence. It won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Brando). It was followed by an incredible sequel that also won a Best Picture Oscar, but the original was never overshadowed. The Godfather is an immortal treasure that continues to garner acclaim, including a #3 ranking in the American Film Institute's all-time list.

For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
Xizao (1999)
The Godfather (1972)

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Shower (1999) - English subtitles -- VHS
Shower (1999) -- DVD
The Godfather (1972) -- VHS
The Godfather (1972) -- VHS Widescreen
The Godfather Collection -- VHS
The Godfather Collection -- VHS Widescreen
The Godfather, a novel by Mario Puzo -- Hardcover
The Godfather, a novel by Mario Puzo -- Paperback
The Godfather, a novel by Mario Puzo -- Audio Cassette
Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather Trilogy, edited by Nick Browne -- Hardcover
The Godfather Legacy, by Harlan Lebo -- Paperback
The Godfather: Soundtrack -- Compact Disc Home
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