Coppola

Coppola

by Peter Cowie
     
 

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(Applause Books). More than any other director, Francis Ford Coppola exemplifies the drive and invention of modern American cinema. Acclaimed since his first Godfather movie in 1972, he went on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes for The Conversation and to make an unforgettable impact on audiences worldwide with the gripping Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now . He has also

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(Applause Books). More than any other director, Francis Ford Coppola exemplifies the drive and invention of modern American cinema. Acclaimed since his first Godfather movie in 1972, he went on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes for The Conversation and to make an unforgettable impact on audiences worldwide with the gripping Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now . He has also launched the careers of such actors as Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise. In recent years, Coppola has returned to his roots to the low-budget, personal movie, written and directed without the involvement of the major Hollywood studios, working in Romania (for Youth without Youth ), Argentina (for Tetro ), and his home state of California (for Twixt ). Additionally, he has encouraged the work of other talented filmmakers from his daughter Sofia ( Lost in Translation , Marie Antoinette ) to Brazilian director Walter Salles ( On the Road ) to Robert De Niro ( The Good Shepherd ). In 2010, he was awarded his sixth Oscar the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The tireless Coppola is also committed to winemaking, earning acclaim for his Niebaum-Coppola range and opening a second winery in the Sonoma Valley. Talking exclusively to Peter Cowie for the updated edition of this biography, Coppola looks back on the past 20 years and reflects on his much-cherished independence, as well as on the state of modern cinema.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cowie, founding editor of International Film Guide and author of several books on cinema, traces the career of the flamboyant director of The Godfather , Apocalypse Now , The Conversation and other controversial movies. Describing Coppola's filmmaking techniques and analyzing his plots, the author shows how the director's inventiveness, as well as such aspects of his personal life as his Italian heritage, have influenced his work. In Cowie's adulatory view, Coppola has continued to forge ahead boldly, undeterred by box-office failures ( One from the Heart and Gardens of Stone ), the ups and downs of Zeotrope, his film studio, or the tragedy of the death of his oldest son in a boating accident. Nevertheless, Coppola the man remains elusive in this biography. Illustrations not seen by PW. (June)
Library Journal
On the heels of Michael Goodwin and Naomi Wise's On the Edge: The Life and Times of Francis Coppola ( LJ 9/15/89) comes another major biography of director Francis Ford Coppola. Cowie's book, first published in Great Britain (1989), is doubly unsatisfying. Although chock full of biographical details and occasional discussions of the films, its unbridled adoration of the man as hero-filmmaker makes it superficial for the scholarly reader. And matinee idolaters are likely to feel that they don't get enough inside dope on who the man really is and what makes him tick. The book doesn't have the clarity of the author's earlier Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography ( LJ 10/15/82), which provides much detail on the films and what they mean in human terms. Libraries should stick with On the Edge, which reads well, and is more scholarly to boot.--Robert Rayher, Sch. of the Art Inst. of Chicago
Booknews
The story of how the maker of the critically and financially successful films The Godfather, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now could also go over $20 million into debt with the failure of One from the Heart. Research and interviews with Coppola look at the director's rise to prominence, the turmoil in his personal life, his intermittent failures, and resurgent successes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480355576
Publisher:
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,234,353
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Cowie is a film historian who has written extensively on the work of Francis Coppola, and in particular the Godfather trilogy. He is the former international publishing director of Variety and the author of Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema, The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives, and Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star.

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