On the Edge: The Life and Times of Francis Coppola

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Director of 16 films and writer, producer and distributor of many more, Francis Ford Coppola, according to Goodwin and Wise, has created ``expensive flops, pretentious failures, and forgettable jobs for hire,'' but also three-and-a-half masterworks ( The Godfather I and II, The Conversation and the first half of Apocalypse Now ). Without Coppola's cooperation, these two San Francisco film critics have written a skeptical, enjoyable account of a man whom they find ``inherently fascinating''--as an artist and patron, scientist and dreamer, builder and destroyer, media victim and exploiter, martyr and megalomaniac. Largely in the words of Coppola's associates and detractors, this lively book tells the saga of his San Francisco studio, American Zoetrope, and describes the making of each of Coppola's films, but since he is ``more interesting than his films,'' Goodwin and Wise focus on the enigmatic artist ``who may have murdered his own muse.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal
This unauthorized biography of Coppola presents a fascinating portrait of a talented but ultimately tragic Hollywood figure. Presented in chronological order, the book covers Coppola's life through the making of the film Tucker (1988). Relying heavily upon secondary sources, the authors nevertheless manage to provide an interesting and readable biography of a gifted, but complex and not always likeable, man. His films, extravagant lifestyle, and financial woes are covered thoroughly enough to satisfy both the general reader and the avid film buff. More biographical and up-to-date than Robert Johnson's Francis Ford Coppola (Twayne, 1977) and a less scholarly film analysis than Jeffrey Chown's Hollywood Auteur: Francis Coppola (Praeger, 1988), this book is recommended for large film collections.-- Robert Logsdon, Indiana State Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688047672
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 448

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