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  • The Godfather is a film series consisting of three feature-length crime films directed by Francis Ford Coppola based upon the novel of the same name by Italian American author Mario Puzo. The first two films of the series were written, filmed, and released just two years apart in the 1970s, while the third installment was not released until 1990. All three films were distributed by Paramount Pictures. The three films follow the fictional Corleone Mafia family through the course of its history in the United States and their homeland Sicily. The early plot line begins with patriarch of the family Vito Corleone's decline and exit from the family business and the passing over of the control to his youngest son Michael who then becomes the major focus of the films. After seizing control, Michael uproots the family from New York and moves out to Las Vegas where he gets involved in a business transaction in the unstable Cuba, which he manages to get out of. Years later, Michael has pulled out of the mafia world and attempts to buy a good reputation through various acts of charity. The series achieved success at the box office, with the films earning over $550 million worldwide.