Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola

Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola

by Gene D. Phillips
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813123046

ISBN-13: 9780813123042

Pub. Date: 04/02/2004

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

WITH A FOREWORD BY WALTER MURCH Gene Phillips blends biography, studio history, and film criticism to complete the most comprehensive work on Coppola ever written. The force behind such popular and critically acclaimed films as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather trilogy, Coppola has imprinted his distinct style on each of his movies and on the landscape of American

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WITH A FOREWORD BY WALTER MURCH Gene Phillips blends biography, studio history, and film criticism to complete the most comprehensive work on Coppola ever written. The force behind such popular and critically acclaimed films as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather trilogy, Coppola has imprinted his distinct style on each of his movies and on the landscape of American popular culture. In Godfather, Phillips argues that Coppola has repeatedly bucked the Hollywood "factory system" in an attempt to create distinct films that reflect his own artistic vision — often to the detriment of his career and finances. Phillips conducted interviews with the director and his colleagues and examined Coppola's production journals and screenplays. Phillips also reviewed rare copies of Coppola's student films, his early excursions into soft-core pornography, and his less celebrated productions such as One from the Heart and Tucker: The Man and His Dream. The result is the definitive assessment of one of Hollywood's most enduring and misunderstood mavericks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123042
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/02/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Collaborating with Coppolaix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Chronology for Francis Ford Coppolaxvii
Prologue: Artist in an Industry1
Part 1Hollywood Immigrant
1Point of Departure: The Early Films and Screenplays7
2Going Hollywood: You're a Big Boy Now and Finian's Rainbow36
3Nightmares at Noon: The Rain People and The Conversation53
Part 2The Mature Moviemaker
4In a Savage Land: The Godfather87
5Decline and Fall: The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III112
6The Unknown Soldiers: Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux, and Gardens of Stone143
Part 3Artist in an Industry
7Exiled in Eden: One from the Heart183
8Growing Pains: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish202
9Night Life: The Cotton Club226
Part 4The Vintage Years
10The Past as Present: Peggy Sue Got Married and "Rip Van Winkle"247
11The Disenchanted: Tucker: The Man and His Dream and New York Stories261
12Fright Night: Bram Stoker's Dracula283
13The Vanishing Hero: The Rainmaker and Jack300
Epilogue: The State of the Artist in the Industry Today313
Notes325
Selected Bibliography345
Filmography353
Index367

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