Film Festival

The Godfather

  • October 20, 2013

  • Post-screening Conversation with
  • Larry King and Mario Cuomo

Post-screening Conversation Guests

Larry King

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning host Larry King is a media innovator in his prime. After more than 25 years at CNN, King is now back in front of eager audiences with his new show “Larry King Now,” distributed by Hulu and

King has interviewed more than 50,000 people over the course of his legendary career, which started in radio, continued to television and is now making history online. With his unique, conversational approach to interviewing, he has not only changed the landscape of cable television and television news in general, but he is now blazing a trail in the digital space.

King has been inducted into five of the nation’s leading broadcasting halls of fame and is the recipient of the prestigious Allen H. More

Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo was the longest serving Democratic Governor in the modern history of New York State. He was elected New York State’s 52nd Governor in 1983 and twice won re-election, setting records for popularity in both contests.  Beginning with his widely admired keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention and his celebrated speech on the relationship of religion and politics at Notre Dame, he has helped define the progressive political landscape for more than two decades.

In twelve years at the helm of the nation’s most populous state, Governor Cuomo steered the State through two recessions, balanced twelve consecutive budgets, cut taxes, created more than half a million jobs, and led the state through two national recessions. He launched the largest economic development initiative in New York history, More

Film Synopsis

  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Release Year: 1972
  • Run time: 175 minutes

Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, and one of the iconic movies in the history of feature film, The Godfather tells the generational saga of an organized crime family, which involves family loyalty, murder, betrayal and vengeance.  The movie stars Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as Vito’s youngest son, Michael Corleone. Taking place in New York in the 1940s, The Godfather is one of the most popular movies in American cinema and received three Academy Awards.

About the Film Festival

The annual Forum Film Festival offers you a unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large friendly audience (most of whom are not lawyers, so you don’t need to know any legalese). Featuring an exciting mix of current blockbusters, classic favorites, documentaries, and independent movies over seven nights, the Film Festival illuminates the legal system with all of its triumphs, failures, moral dilemmas, and dramatic moments.

Each movie is followed by a post-screening discussion with renowned artists, writers, public intellectuals, government leaders, and members of the legal profession who have a particular connection to the film. Explore how the themes of justice and injustice continue to inspire the artistic imagination. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes. Get answers to your questions. And share your own ideas and viewpoints.

Additionally, the Forum invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit an original short film on a legal theme. The judges’ top picks are shown, discussed, and celebrated at the FOLCS Awards Night during the closing night of the Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The International Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum’s audience, who take part in the festivities by voting for the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City.