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Watch: 19-Minute Featurette 'Emulsion Rescue' About The Restoration Of 'The Godfather'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 1:26 PM
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The Godfather
The story of "The Godfather" and how it was made is already the stuff of movie legend. But the story of how the movie was saved and restored to the glory of how it first looked back in 1972 is one that probably deserves a bit more attention. And if you've got about twenty minutes to spare, you'll want to give this one a look.

Francis Ford Coppola Writing An Epic About An Italian American Family, Says Future Of Film Is "Live Cinema"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 12:24 PM
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Francis Ford Coppola
After a a stream of indie films, experiments that had a middling reception from critics and audiences alike, Francis Ford Coppola is ready to return to the monied world of studio filmmaking. And he said as much in 2012. "I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film. I’ve been writing it. It’s so ambitious so I decided to go to L.A. and make a film out of a studio that has all the costume rentals, and where all the actors are," he said at the time. And he's still working on it.

The 15 Best Palme d'Or Winners From The Cannes Film Festival

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  • May 14, 2014 1:34 PM
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The 15 Best Palme d'Or Winners
Right about now, taking the time difference into consideration, a bevy of beautiful celebrities will be spritzing and primping their last in preparation to walk the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. But while the festival is a byword for glamour in the wider media, underneath the glossy surface is where its real heart beats, in the long queues in pouring rain, in the panic of swimming against the tide in the mercurially mutable traffic flow system on the Croisette, in the flocks of deskless journos sitting cross-legged on the floor riding out caffeine highs and blood sugar crashes in an effort to file on time. This side of Cannes may not be its prettiest but it is where the action is at, and it is all made worthwhile by the quality of the films we’re privileged to enjoy, across all the sections of the festival for the ten days of its duration before the Palme d’Or is announced and we all pack up and go home.

Francis Ford Coppola Thinks "Films Shouldn't Even Be Judged Until Ten Years Have Passed"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 11:39 AM
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While "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now" have already certified his legendary status, Francis Ford Coppola has never been completely free of the slings and arrows of film critics. Efforts like "Jack" or even the more recent "Twixt" have seen him taken to task for the less than stellar efforts, but according to Coppola, people shouldn't be so quick to judgment.

Happy Birthday Francis Ford Coppola! Watch Full 'Inside The Actor's Studio' Episode With Legendary Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 11:22 AM
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Francis Ford Coppola
Across the 1970s, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola completed the kind of run that even today, filmmakers could only dream of matching in terms of scope, ambition and accomplishment. From 1972 to 1979, a seemingly non-stop Coppola delivered "The Godfather," "The Conversation," "The Godfather Part II" and "Apocalypse Now," with each of the films making a distinct mark on cinematic history. And while he could've easily folded up the director's chair after that, Coppola kept pushing himself.

The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made

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  • March 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune Poster
The grass is always greener on the other side. We always covet what we can never attain. Last week, Sony Pictures Classics' must-see documentary “Jodorowsky's Dune” opened in limited release; director Frank Pavich's funny, affectionate tale of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert's indispensable sci-fi classic for the big screen (our review). So ambitious and grand—legends like Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger, Mœbius, VFX wizard Dan O'Bannon, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles were some of the names mooted to be involved—perhaps Jodorowsky’s version was so insane it never could have really happened, or perhaps if it had, it would have been a epic fail (indeed David Lynch's version, which would eventually bring the story to the big screen in 1984, was one of that visionary director's biggest stumbles, even according to Lynch himself).

Watch: Francis Ford Coppola In Bizarre Japanese FUJI Cassette Commercial

Francis Ford Coppola Fuji Cassette
Before CDs, before mp3s and before you could carry around your entire music collection on your phone, the cassette was a big deal. The little piece of rectangular plastic was seen as a marvel of technology, providing high tech audio and saving space in your apartment from those big, square 12-inch pieces of vinyl. Plus, the wonders of auto-reverse meant that one would never have to get up to flip a record over again. And one man who believed in this bold vision of the future was Francis Ford Coppola. Read More »

Watch: 45-Minute Interview With 'Apocalypse Now' Co-Writer John Milius By Francis Ford Coppola

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 14, 2013 10:36 AM
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“Apocalypse Now,” Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam war, has attracted to it maybe the largest corpus of legends and anecdotes of any film ever made. Sort-of an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's “Heart of Darkness,” the production became a slog through natural disasters, directorial megalomania, and latter-day Marlon Brando's sprawling eccentricity. If you are a film student with an idea for a movie set in a jungle, take a quick look at the legends surrounding “Apocalypse Now,” and similar films like those of Werner Herzog, and write a new script, for God's sake.

8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

Contest: Win Francis Ford Coppola's Horror 'Twixt' On Blu-ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 4:07 PM
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Twixt Elle Fanning
The last time Francis Ford Coppola delved into horror it was with "Bram Stoker's Dracula," a lush and visually ambitious take on the legend. That was over twenty years ago but the filmmaker has recently returned to the genre with "Twixt" and we'd bet that, given it's very limited theatrical showings, you haven't seen it yet. Well, we've got a few copies of the movie on Blu-ray to help you fill that cinematic gap.

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