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Unformatted text preview: American Film Artist: Francis Ford Coppola
(taught by Professor Barry Sandler, UCF) -- Fall 2010 Francis Ford Coppola - Director, producer, and a very highly revered American ﬁlmmaker. - Dubbed the “patron saint of ﬁlm school generations.” - Strives to always be in full control of his ﬁlms. - His two favorite productions were The Conversation and Rumbleﬁsh. - So far, he has won ﬁve Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. What Makes Coppola So Great? - Master storyteller and screenwriter. - Utilizes color, tone, and the design of an overall ﬁlm to his advantage. - Works to create incredible and believable dialogue that’s perfect for each
particular world he makes. - His approach to actors is very commanding, yet personal. He even makes
them practice extra scenes together in order to feel more comfortable in their roles. What Are Some of Coppola’s Themes? - Bond of family (loyalty, jealousy, rivalry, etc.) - Alienation (loneliness, the price of power, seclusion) - The elusiveness of love - The dark side of the human condition (i.e. people on the fringes of society) - Balance between reality and illusion - People not being what they seem - Human realism and emotional resonance (present in EVERY Coppola ﬁlm) Coppola’s Background - Born in Detroit in 1939. - At age nine, he contracted polio and had to stay in bed for one year. - Enjoyed reading and making up lots of stories. - Played with his family’s 8mm home camera. - Was sent to military school (but he hated it). - Became fascinated with gadgets, puppets, and imagination. - Eisenstein became his favorite ﬁlmmaker during his college years. - In theater, he acted and directed in multiple plays. - Went to UCLA’s ﬁlm school. - Became a fan of Roger Corman, the B-movie ﬁlmmaker. - Was hired as a screenwriter for Ray Stark, a major producer at the time. - Did his own adaptation of The Great Gatsby. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course FIL 3871 taught by Professor Stephanschlow during the Fall '10 term at University of Central Florida.
- Fall '10