The 1972 classic opens with a wedding. It’s Vito Corleone’s daughter’s special day, and it’s custom on that day for the father of the bride to grant favors to those who come to him. “No Sicilian can refuse any request on his daughter’s wedding day,” says his adopted son Tom. As the Don conducts the family business inside, a raucous and elaborate wedding reception occurs outside, providing a stark contrast between the bright colorful celebration and the dark, muddy tones of the Don’s study. Relatives perform renditions of traditional songs as they dance, sing and cut the cake. The wedding also serves to introduce all the story’s main characters — Vito, Connie, Michael, Sonny, Tom — with great skill.