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Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life Hardcover – October 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (October 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517704455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517704455
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The terrible fact about Francis Ford Coppola's career is that it will always be divided evenly in half, down a line called Apocalypse Now. Before that film is prodigious promise--an Academy Award for writing Patton, two uncannily fine Godfather movies, and the Antonioni-esque smallness of The Conversation. After, there is telescoping debt, talk of reinventing the studios, and multiple, hollow exercises in style. If that's a tough assessment, it's one borne out by this thick, fair biography. The author, Michael Schumacher, who has previously published books on Allen Ginsberg and Eric Clapton, makes much of Coppola's boyhood spell of polio, from which he emerged miraculously healthy and movie-mad. He orchestrated his life thereafter with a consequent mania, as though making up for lost time. While still in film school, he sold screenplays and made Z-budget drive-in movies for Roger Corman. In two years, he wrote 12 scripts for 7 Arts, and in the mid-1960s started a family, made You're a Big Boy Now and Finian's Rainbow, pushed George Lucas to write THX1138, founded American Zoetrope, and took a job, purely for the money, directing The Godfather. The chapters on Apocalypse Now are the book's highlights, and without saying as much they explain the spent quality at the core of Coppola's films in the next two decades. After hurricanes in Manila, Marlon Brando, and the ungodly beauty of those helicopters at dawn, whose career wouldn't wing straight to twilight? --Lyall Bush

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This is not an authorized biography, though it often reads like one because Schumacher systematically defends director and screenwriter Coppola against the critics who have panned his films as contrived, excessively violent or a triumph of style over substance. Still, he presents a brisk and astute portrait of one of the most influential directors of the past 30 years, adept at both operatic blockbusters (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) and smaller personal movies (John Grisham's The Rainmaker). The inner man remains elusive, although SchumacherAbiographer of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs and Eric ClaptonAdelves deeply into such personal crises as Coppola's childhood polio, during which he recuperated by making home movies; his protracted affair with a young, unnamed screenwriter, which nearly wrecked his marriage; and the devastating impact of his son Gian-Carlo's tragic death in a boating accident in 1986. The book's real strength lies in its flavorful behind-the-scenes re-creation of the making of all of Coppola's movies. Cameos of Nicholas Cage, Marlon Brando, Winona Ryder, Fred Astaire and many other stars nearly steal the show. Schumacher tends to portray Coppola as an uncompromising visionary who waged a career-long battle to free himself from the Hollywood dream factory's constrictive commercial dictates. Yet the lingering question is why the relentlessly driven filmmaker abandoned his creative, auteuristic endeavors in favor of safer, more profitable work-for-hire films. In any case, Coppola fans will rejoice. 16 pages of photos. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Michael Schumacher has written twelve books, including "Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (Minnesota, 2012) and "Wreck of the Carl D.," and twenty-five documentaries on Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses. He lives in Wisconsin.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay Shoemaker on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I work for Francis Coppola today and know him pretty well. Michael Schumacher's book really captures the spirit and energy of this facinating and complex man. I have read most of the other Coppola books and none combines an understanding for both the human and artistic side of Francis.
This book, like no other I have read, reflects the passion, energy and chaos of the Coppola world. I can tell you from the inside there is no more exciting experience than being part of the Coppola energy. Francis loves to tackle the "impossible" and never gives up. I particularly like this book because it is clear that the author, like myself, has great respect for this whirlwind of a man.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M Mills on May 30, 2006
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Francis Ford Coppola was born in a great year for the movies!

In 1939 the director was born to Carmen Coppola and his wife

Italia. His parents were creative-Carmen was a musician in the

Detroit Symphony and later in the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. Carmen would later win a musical

Oscar for the Godfather films.

Francis was a younger son to his older brother who was everything Francis wasn't: handsome and well liked at school.

His sister Talia Shire would later be a movie star in his own

films most notably the Godfather classics.

Coppola graduated from Hofstra and received a master's degree

in film from the UCLA film school. His early apprenticship in

film was under the tutelage of famed B director Roger Corman.

Coppolla emerged from nudie films and small pictures to direct

"Finigan's Rainbow" and began to emerge as a talented maverick

whose creative/artistic wings were flying in the early 1970s.

Despite arduous business and creative troubles he won fame and fortune and several Oscars for the Godfather films. His most

controversial film was "Apocalypse Now" his take on the Vietnam

conflict based on Joseph Conrad's novella "The Heart of Darkness."

Coppola's career has more ups and downs than a roller coaster

as he founded Zoetrope Films in San Francisco and went to the

mat in countless donybrook battles with studio executives.

Coppola reminds me of Orson Welles in that he achieved fame early and then had a difficult career in tinsel town.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2000
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...and I hope he stays that way. Francis Ford Coppola is one of the inspirations of my life. His energy and enthusiasm for what he does outshines even the projects many might deride. One thing you have to say is at LEAST he puts his all into what he does, and I'd imagine no one would doubt this. PS: WHEN is the UNCUT version of "One From the Heart" going to be issued on DVD?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel J. Rossetti on November 17, 2009
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I'm an aspiring screenwriter with no credits. If your like me, your shot at the big time is with Francis Coppola. Get this book and and send your screenplay to the Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. Final deadline is 2 August 2010. Francis Coppola is the final judge.
See you at the Oscars.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lorenzo scarfalloto on April 7, 2000
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I thought this biography was detailed mostly around this film. On page 262, first paragraph, I think Mr. Coppola would agree to mention the fact that "The Chief Phillips" made a life last attempt to end Willard after getting speared on the boat by Kurtz's mongrules. Overall, the book was a manificant biography of a Itailian-American film maker of our time.
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