Don Corleone decides that enough is enough, and calls a meeting of the five families to put an end to the war. The exterior of the meeting was shot at the Federal Reserve building…
…which is looking a hell of a lot cleaner today.
The interior, filmed in the board room for the Penn Central Railroad (hence the painting), has since been gutted.
Michael goes to ask Kay to marry him at her school, a scene filmed in California. Later, he has a heart-to-heart with his father…
…who then dies in his garden while playing with his grandson.
Today, there’s a pool where the garden would have been:
We cut to Corleone’s funeral, which was shot in Queens’ Calvary Cemetery:
They drive along the main road…
…then hang a left and park in front of several vaults.
The mourners then gather in front of the towering Corleone monument, pictured left with the angel.
The key to finding the Corleone monument’s location is the large “Daly” grave seen on the left, topped with a cross.
Unfortunately, while the Daly monument is still there, someone has since rotated it so the name is no longer pointing the right way, and I nearly lost my mind one frigid Sunday morning trying to figure out where the hell it was. VERY HUGE THANKS to writer Mark Thomas, who ran into the same problem and solved it, saving me from a frosty death. Check out his great post on the Calvary Cemetery scene (including a map) here.
Here’s the Daly grave today…
…which means this large empty patch of grass is where the Corleone monument was set up.
At the funeral, Michael notices several of his rivals getting chummy…and realizes what he has to do.
Finally, we reach the movie’s climax as Michael decides to settle all family business prior to the move to Las Vegas. He agrees to be godfather to Connie’s baby, and the baptism ensues…
…filmed in the side chapel of Old Saint Patrick’s on Mott Street (front entrance on Mulberry), just a few blocks down the road from the Genco Olive Oil building.
It appears that they’ve redone the backdrop to the altar at some point:
As the baptism continues, the killings begin. First, Barzini is whacked by a disguised police officer on the steps to the New York Supreme Court building in Foley Square.
Definitely not the type of stairs you want to fall down.
The additional hit locations are too obscure to identify, though maybe this barber shop will ring a bell for someone out there?
The baptism ends, and people begin exiting the church.
This was shot on the southern end of Staten Island at the Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne.
A close-up of the front doors:
As I mentioned in this recent post, the church suffered a tragic fire just a couple years after filming in 1973, destroying everything but the main facade.
A smaller church was built behind it, creating an unusual match-up:
In the final scene, Michael assures Kay he had nothing to do with Carlo’s disappearance, then closes the door as he assumes his new role as Don Corleone.
Hope you enjoyed this one! It was a thrill to track down some of the most iconic filming locations of all time, and if you can shed some light on the few outstanding ones, I’ll add them to the post.
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