One From the Heart
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Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola shines his spotlight on a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the 4th of July leads them both to a night on the strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassia Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers, should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice? Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar® nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of color, sound and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.
Top Customer Reviews
Seeing it now, this would probably fall into the "art film" category, but it features some great dialogue and compelling performances by Forrest and Garr, with Raul Julia and Natassja Kinski playing more ethereal roles. Kinski is filmed beautifully. It's a beautiful film, period. The music and Vegas sets are wonderful. You miss it as soon as it's over.
Rich and visually exciting...perhaps not 5 stars, but then again this film just doesn't conform easily to any rating system.
I'll tell you where I think the negative reviews come from. The film is ambitious in its' production and was very innovative and some just can't handle that. And people like to pidgeon-hole actors, directors, songwriters, bands etc and probably had a hard time figuring out what Mr Godfather was doing directing a love story. Well that is their problem.
If you like beautiful movies this is a must. If you don't your name is probably Robert Horton.
Along with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, One From The Heart beautifully illustrates the behaviors, relations and also how beautiful and pleasant a cinema session can be. Unfortunatelly it was way ahead of its time.
I won't comment the storyline as you can read about it on others reviews.
How's this DVD? Image - 9, Sound - 10.
If I were Mr. Coppola I'd have presented this piece of art lover's with a "Director's Version", including the deleted scenes, along with the original version. They add a lot to the story and since this is DVD, additional minutes wouldn't hurt anyone. This is the only reason why it's not receiving 5 stars. The soundtrack is not DTS but it's nice and clear. The extras add a lot to the understanding of Mr. Coppola's passion, fight for this movie and its commercial "failure".
A movie like this happens only once in a lifetime. It took me 20 years to see something somewhat similar - Moulin Rouge. And Baz Luhrman assumes he had great influence from it.
Those who love cinematography, art direction, touching soundtracks, and once in a while like to fall in love must reserve a place for this loving piece of art in their DVDs collection. Go for it and you'll understand from every scene why it is "One From The Heart" of Mr. Coppola.
As others have mentioned, Baz Luhrmann borrowed more than a little from ONE FROM THE HEART when he made MOULIN ROUGE. Suffice it to say, then, that if you liked MOULIN ROUGE, the chances you'll like the movie that influenced it at least as much, if not more.
Upon re-viewing it on home video, [not to mention the awesome bonus materials,] It takes place in Vegas, they discuss that he didn't 'LOOK' like her Prince Charming, because Las Vegas is the City without clocks, This movie takes place at sunrise, sunset, mid-day, and during the evening...all at once. Sometimes the bright scene is because of the neon 'strip,' and sometimes the darkness is just a few steps away.
The allegories of the Junk Yard, and the Travel Agency are juxtaposed by the desires of the couple's component personalities. The fantasy characters, are both 'bigger than life,' and also superficial illusions of what the couple are projecting upon them.
The nightmare that director Francis Ford Coppola was put through to make this movie, (again, see bonus materials included,) makes this film's completion even more ambitious than the sets and miniatures! Tho' it takes place in Las Vegas, the entire film was created on Sound Stages in Hollywood at the one-film-trick-pony ZOETROPE STUDIOS.
The colors of green with envy, and red with rage, are left on the roadside. There are Carnival lighting, and scrim dissovles, peppered throughout this entire offering. The "airport set" (a parking lot, two-story airport and flying plane are stunning, especially with a larger viewing screen.
It is sad to think that Terri Garr is now in a wheelchair, upon seeing the fabulous dancing choreographed by Toni Basil(American Graffitti/The Lockers/Mickey,) and coached by an uncredited Gene Kelly, with all of its precision and passion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the music, but the movie itself missed its mark. Not a movie I would recommend.Published 18 hours ago by Luis E Velazquez
Love it! A blast from the past. I hadn't seen this since I rented it on TAPE way back in 1986 or so. DVD looks and sounds good. Visuals are very creative and super colorful. Read morePublished 26 days ago by T. Hayes
I have loved this movie since it came out in theaters. The Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle is a masterpiece in its own right.Published 1 month ago by S. Person
This was an amazing filmed shot entirely in a studio. The exterior sets of the strip in Vegas and the trailer park looked perfect.Published 1 month ago by Daniel C.
This is a strange movie. It is one I could not stop watching but I wasn't sure why! It is loaded wiith a very strong cast and I liked the LasVegas theme/location. Read morePublished 1 month ago by msteig
The five starts is only because of Teri Garr's performance. She proves how great an actor she is when she selects a script that gives her the chance to do drama. And she dances... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Bagby
I saw this when it came out. The production of this piece is quite a great work. An old theme, but a visual masterpiece how it was presented!!Awesome array of actors!!Published 5 months ago by Chuck
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