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Rome Review: 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III' Displays The Flair & Flaws Of Roman Coppola's Approach

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 15, 2012 7:02 AM
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Roman Coppola may only be on his second directorial feature, but as a music video and commercials director, and as a writer and frequent Wes Anderson collaborator, not to mention handling the second unit on various films from his famous family members, he has certainly amassed a wealth of filmic experience. All of which he brings to bear on "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," which premieres tonight at the Rome Film Festival. Destined to be a crowd-pleaser, for its many celebrity cameos, quirky and apropos Liam Hayes music, and lovingly detailed 70s-influenced stylization, the films affords many glossy, knowing pleasures, and we found ourselves really wanting to love it. But that deeper level of engagement just didn't kick in for us, for two main reasons: the lack of a strong narrative through line and the lack of dimensionality to the central titular character. The film delivers on its title, but it turns out we need more than just a glimpse.

New Image Of 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III'; Dermot Mulroney & Stephen Dorff Will Cameo

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 7, 2012 3:24 PM
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Renaissance man Roman Coppola hasn't directed a feature-length movie since the highly underrated "CQ" in 2001, so it's with eager anticipation we look forward to his latest, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III." The director may not have helmed a feature in eleven years, but he's been busy, producing his sister Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," co-writing Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited," and shooting second-unit photography for both these filmmakers and his father Francis Ford Coppola (not to mention shooting tons of great music videos in the interim too).

Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III' Leads Rome Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 8:06 AM
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So....that's it? With early rumors pointing to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Johnnie To's "Drug War," Gabriele Muccino's Gerard Butler-starring comedy "Playing For Keeps," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," and Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables," former Venice Film Festival head Marco Mueller has unveiled this year's slate for his inaugural Rome Film Festival, and those expecting big stars and big-name movies will be disappointed.

First Official Images From Roman Coppola's 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III,' Film Opens Feb. 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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One film we had hoped would make an appearance on the fall festival slate this year was Roman Coppola's first film in over a decade, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III." And while that hasn't happened, we suppose the next best thing has come along -- the first official images from the '70s-set comedy.

Plush's Liam Hayes Scoring Roman Coppola's 'A Glimpse Into The Mind Of Charlie Swan III'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 23, 2012 1:45 PM
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With the fall film festival line-ups now pretty much all revealed, it seems we may have to wait until 2013 to see the sophomore directorial effort of Roman Coppola. It's been over ten years since the deliciously twisted "CQ," but Coppola has now brought together a great cast that includes Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza and Mary Elizabeth Winstead for what he describes as "a guy's point of a view of a break-up" in "A Glimpse Into The Mind Of Charlie Swan III." In an interview with GQ, however, Coppola provided a little update on the pic regarding music, noting that he "used exclusively the music of Liam Hayes" having been "absorbed" by his tunes.

Roman Coppola Discusses ‘A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III’ & The Casting Of Charlie Sheen

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • June 1, 2012 11:01 AM
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It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a decade since Roman Coppola continued the family legacy with his positively received directorial debut, “CQ.” In the years since, Coppola has focused on producing efforts such as sister Sophia’s “Somewhere” and Wes Anderson’s “Darjeeling Limited,” the latter of which Coppola also co-wrote. Most recently, Coppola co-wrote Anderson’s latest, “Moonrise Kingdom.” The release comes on the heels of the news that Coppola has finally returned to the directors chair for “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” which features a stellar ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Patricia Arquette and, the most intriguing choice of all, Charlie Sheen, in the title, and lead, role.

Roman Coppola Plans To Follow 'Charles Swan III' With Film "In the Spirit Of 'Bugsy Malone'" Or Jason Schwartzman Collaboration

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 22, 2012 8:40 AM
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It's been a decade since his directorial debut "CQ" but Roman Coppola will definitely make headlines later this year with his new film, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" -- if anything for his choice of male lead in Charlie Sheen. The middle child of Francis Ford Coppola, Roman has been immersed in the film industry since childhood (he featured as one of Tom Hagen's kids in "The Godfather") and, over the years, has often found time to collaborate with his father, sister and Wes Anderson. It's curious that Coppola hasn't been behind the camera more often, but the filmmaker has revealed that he has a few projects in mind he hopes to tackle after this sophomore effort.

Will We See 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Only God Forgives' & Terrence Malick's Latest & More Before The End Of 2012?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2012 12:02 PM
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We're almost exactly a third of the way through the year, and thanks to the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival line-up a couple weeks ago, we're now a little clearer on the timetable of some of the most anticipated films of the year. We know that "Cosmopolis," "Killing Them Softly," "On The Road," "Mud," "Rust And Bone," "Amour" and "The Paperboy," among others are done, and will be screening in only a few short weeks for critics, and U.S. releases, if not set already, can't be far behind. And the release schedule for the rest of the year is firming up fast, with films like "The Master" and "Seven Psychopaths" getting added to the calendar.

Aubrey Plaza Says 'Charlie Swan III" Is Set In A "Fantasy Version Of The '70s"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 30, 2012 2:20 PM
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Filmmaker Roman Coppola is no stranger to chronicling strange corners of some seminal cultural decades. While he's spent the last decade assisting friends and family like Sofia, Francis Ford Coppola and Wes Anderson (he co-wrote the upcoming "Moonrise Kingdom") his vastly underrated directorial debut, "CQ," is a hilarious and wonderfully weird look at the '60s, filtered through the black and white solipsism of the French New Wave and the wacky, outre aesthetic of spy films like "Danger Diabolik" and cornball sci-fi like "Barbarella."

Sundance: Mary Elizabeth Winstead On Playing An Alcoholic In 'Smashed' And Working With Roman Coppola & Charlie Sheen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2012 1:04 PM
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Every year, Sundance provides a massive career boost to a handful of people. Sometimes it's a total newcomer -- think of Carey Mulligan, or Elizabeth Olsen in recent years -- who suddenly find themselves on every casting wishlist around.

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