Saturday, September 24, 2005


The Return of Francis Ford Coppola!

Perhaps the greatest director to emerge from 1970s Hollywood has announced his return. Following an eight-year hiatus from directing feature films, Francis Ford Coppola confirmed with the Associated Press yesterday that he has returned to the director's chair to helm Youth Without Youth. The film stars Tim Roth, and is adapted from a novella by Romanian philosopher-author Mircea Eliade. Coppola, who is scheduled to begin filming in Romania on Oct. 3, told AP, "It's a parable, it's a fable. It's almost like an intellectual Twilight Zone. In a way, it's like a Hitchcock picture and Tim Roth is the Jimmy Stewart [character] -- the guy who gets caught up in something fascinating and big." This is Coppola's first new film since his 1997 mediocre effort The Rainmaker. Recently, he's concentrated on his vineyard, and on new versions of past films, including Apocalypse Now Redux and the just-released The Outsiders: The Whole Novel. Many Coppola fans had been anticipating that Megalopolis -- a screenplay about a futuristic city that the director has been writing for more than two decades -- would be his next film. Coppola, of course, is best known for his three Godfather films, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation, all of which either won, or were nominated, for Best Picture by the Motion Picture Academy. Coppola's daughter, Sofia has also come into her own as a writer/director. Her Best Screenplay win for Lost in Translation made her the third generation of Coppola's to receive Oscars. (Coppola's father Carmine won for Best Score for The Godfather Part II.) Here's hoping Youth Without Youth is not only a return to directing for Coppola but a return to greatness.

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