If today it is more than banal to add a consecutive number in the title of a film, it was not quite the same more than forty years ago … For which film by the way?
Historically, Fall of a Nation by Thomas Dixon Jr, released in 1916, was the first film considered to be a sequel to another; in this case Birth of a Nation by DW Griffith. Unfortunately, Dixon’s work is considered hopelessly lost.
It will take almost 60 years for a film to include its title “Part II”, thus more clearly claiming its affiliation with the previous film, The Godfather. By proceeding in this way, Coppola implied that the History of Don Corleone was not finished and that only a fraction had been told in his masterpiece of 1972. He will of course take up this formulation in the third part. of his saga, released in 1991.
Today, it is commonplace to add a number to a suite. But in 1974, Coppola was a pioneer!