The Coppolas: A Family Business

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The Coppolas: A Family Business examines the lives, films, and relationship of two exemplary filmmakers, Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter Sofia. It looks at their commonalities and differences, as artists and people, and at the way those qualities are reflected in their work.

Much of the book is devoted to Francis and his outstanding achievements—and equally notable failures—as a screenwriter, director, producer, and presenter of landmark works of cinema. The narrative goes...

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Overview

The Coppolas: A Family Business examines the lives, films, and relationship of two exemplary filmmakers, Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter Sofia. It looks at their commonalities and differences, as artists and people, and at the way those qualities are reflected in their work.

Much of the book is devoted to Francis and his outstanding achievements—and equally notable failures—as a screenwriter, director, producer, and presenter of landmark works of cinema. The narrative goes beyond the heyday of his involvement with Hollywood to analyze his more recent projects and the choices that led him to create small, independent films. In Sofia's case, the story is one of women's growing independence in the arts, revealing how Sofia developed her craft to become a cinematic force in her own right. In addition to its insightful commentary on their contributions to cinema past and present, the volume provides intriguing hints at what fans might anticipate in the future as both Coppolas continue to expand their artistry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313391613
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Series: Modern Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Roots 1

2 Francis Ford Coppola in Hollywood: A Big Boy Now 3

3 Journeyman/One for Francis 7

4 Zoetrope-Wheel of Life: The Godfather, the Conversation, the Godfather Part II 12

5 Coppola's Dark Heart: Apocalypse Now 25

6 Reinventing the Wheel of Life: Zoetrope Studios and One from the Heart 35

7 Back-to-Back Personal: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish 45

8 Coppola for Hire: The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, Gardens of Stone 51

9 Coppola and his Dreams: Tucker: The Man and his Dream, the Godfather III, Bram Stoker's Dracula 62

10 Home Free: Coppola as Producer, Jack, the Rainmaker 76

11 Entrepreneur, Father of the Filmmaker 82

12 Virgian Outing as a Director: Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides 88

13 Roman Coppola's CQ Apocalypse Now Redux, and Producing Redux 93

14 Lost in Translation 100

15 The Empire: Francis Ford Coppola Presents 105

16 Not a Piece of Cake: Marie Antoinette 110

17 Youth without Youth 113

18 Tetro: Signed, Sealed, Delivered 121

19 Somewhere 126

20 On the Road 133

21 The Kids are all Right: Colleagues 136

22 Francis Ford Coppola's Unrealized Projects 141

23 Epilogue 145

Filmography 151

Notes 163

Bibliography 173

Index 175

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