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Andre Deutsch, 1989 - Motion picture producers and directors - 270 pages
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Fully revised and updated, this major portrait contains material from an exclusive interview with the most visionary and charismatic filmmaker of his generation who celebrates 50 years as a feature film director in 2013

Talking exclusively to Peter Cowie for this updated edition of the biography, Coppola looks back on the past 20 years, and reflects on his much-cherished independence, as well as on the state of modern cinema. More than any other director, Francis Coppola exemplifies the drive and invention of modern American cinema. Acclaimed since his first Godfather movie in 1972, he went on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes for The Conversation and to make an unforgettable impact on audiences worldwide with the gripping Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. Along with major blockbusters, he has also launched such actors' careers as Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise. Since the turn of the new millennium, Coppola has returned to his roots—to the low-budget, personal film, written and directed without the involvement of the major Hollywood studios. He has also encouraged the work of other talented filmmakers—from his daughter Sofia to the Brazilian director Walter Salles and Robert De Niro. In 2010 he was awarded his sixth Oscar. This is a vivid, penetrating portrait of the man whose films have a strange knack of mirroring his own dramatic life.

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On the heels of Michael Goodwin and Naomi Wise's On the Edge: The Life and Times of Francis Coppola ( LJ 9/15/89) comes another major biography of director Francis Ford Coppola. Cowie's book, first ... Read full review


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About the author (1989)

Peter Cowie is a film historian who has written extensively on the work of Francis Coppola, and in particular the Godfather trilogy. He is the former international publishing director of Variety and the author of Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema, The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives, and Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star.

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