I just watched the dualogy (I only consider 2 films) back to back after a long hiatus. From what I remembered I liked Part II more, but not this go round, even though II was great there were some parts (albeit very small instances) that I could see weren't quite perfect. As I was watching Part I, I was just in awe at the marvel that is this masterpiece. I turned on some Francis commentary at key scenes to hear what he was thinking. I haven't read the Puzo book, but from what FFC says it seems pretty faithful. I asked my mom if she even saw "The Godfather" and she exclaimed that she loved I & II. She is very traditional and didn't even think she would go for the violence and carnage of this, but then it dawned on me that this one must have universal appeal with many generations and many creeds and sex. The performances were incredible, the emotions ran the gambit, the story and direction just seemed flawless. I loved every aspect of the film. I am by no means an expert, but I think I can tell what makes a good movie from a bad one. This is not nearly just a "guy's movie", but a masterpiece of cinema. It seemed so flawless in my viewing that I couldn't pick apart a bad scene or stitch of dialogue. It was just awesome in every regard. I love this movie and wonder... is it a perfect movie?