Thursday, November 13, 2014

Staten Island house featured in 'The Godfather' is up for sale

11/13/14, "The Staten Island mansion was made famous by the iconic 1972 film," Getty

"The Godfather: 'Corleone family home' for sale," BBC

"The mansion which served as the fictional headquarters of the Corleone family in the 1972 film The Godfather has been listed for sale.

The five-bedroom, seven bathroom mansion in Staten Island, New York, is being advertised for $2.9m (£1.84m). The house was gutted and renovated in 2012 after having been a family home for six decades.

The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, won three Oscars.

The Godfather was also, for a time, the highest grossing film ever made. The exterior is most famous for being the location of a Corleone family wedding at the start of the film.

The film's production crew transformed five houses on the same street into the Corleone family residential complex."...


11/13/14, "Staten Island house featured in 'The Godfather' up for sale," Fox News
"Technically, only the home's exterior was filmed in the making of the movie, but the Staten Island Advance reports that the current owner, who bought the home in March 2012, has remodeled some of the interior rooms to make them seem more like the ones seen on screen. Among the renovated rooms is a first-floor office made to resemble where Marlon Brandon's don greets supplicants and well-wishers on his daughter Connie's wedding day.

The house was purchased for $1.7 million from the Norton family, who had owned it since 1951. The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was originally built in 1930 for future Staten Island Borough President Joseph Palma, who lived there with his wife and 11 eleven children.

But it wasn't until over 40 years later that the home became part of cinema history. Producers and location scouts selected the home for filming on the advice of Staten Island native Gianni Russo, who played Don Corleone's abusive, treacherous son-in-law Carlo Rizzi."...

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