Opening Shot of "The Godfather"

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    Hey guys, I just had a quick question: What is the exact opening shot of THE GODFATHER? Is it of Brando in the shadows, or is it a zoom out of Bonasera? I think it is a zoom out of Bonasera, but I need some confirmation. I am out of town right now, otherwise I'd check it myself. Also, does the camera zoom into Bonasera's face, or zoom out from it? Thanks in advance!
     
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    a voice over starts during the black and it fades in and you see Bonasera's face, and it slowly zooms out.
     
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    Awesome, just what I wanted to hear! Thanks Ocie.
     
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    to continue, it zooms all the way out to over Brando's shoulder.

    Coppola initially wanted to start G3 the same way, this time the speaker was the bishop in charge of the Vatican Bank, and he was talking of course to Michael. he then felt it was too much exposition too early (it was a long conversation about the problems of the Vatican bank, the Corleones wanting to buy into Immobiliare etc), so he dropped it as an opening scene and edited it into a later scene. it's available as a deleted scene on the most-excellent DVD set, with commentary explaining the above.
     

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