Fun Fridays – Director’s Favourite Films – Robert Zemeckis

Hi Film Folk!

Film Doctor friends. We hope you’re having an exciting February so far?? Hasn’t time flown?

Speaking of flying, our Fun Friday for today does have Flight in mind…


Our Director of choice is Robert Zemeckis.

The list is slim but slick. He has revealed little on the titles that have inspired him but, boy,  aren’t those 2 of the best film classics??


The Godfather (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)

In one lengthy interview, Zemeckis has commented on his affinity for “The Godfather”:

“It’s not a gangster movie. It’s a movie about family and corporate America – it just happens to be set in the dramatic world of the gangster. The mob family – the Corleone family – is the ultimate capitalist system.

The scenes I love are the ones that are simple. The action scenes are beautifully done, but my favourite is the moment when Michael (Al Pacino) decides to kill Sollozzo (Al Lettieri). The scene happens in an office, but the way it is orchestrated between all the other characters and set up, and then the way the camera ultimately pushes in as Michael is telling everybody what he has decided to do: it all comes together perfectly.

Marlon Brando [as Vito Corleone] gives a standout performance. Brando went through a dark period in his career, where his heart wasn’t really in it, and this was his big comeback film. He was magnificent, his performance was just so real and so powerful. You could really see what an awesome talent he had.

I love the second Godfather film too. It went back to the books and mined the story of the young Vito Corleone, but it was also the continuation of Michael’s story. It wasn’t a crass, commercial money-grab kind of sequel: it really had integrity.”


Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn, 1967)

This is one of the first movie Zemeckis went to see at the cinema, with his Dad and the movie that, allegedly, made him decide to attend film school. Perhaps it is the film’s intimacy that led young Robert to create such honed and to-the-point classics as Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and Back to the Future.



Zemeckis’ latest film, Flight opens in UK cinemas today.

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