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Coppola: The (First) Conversation

Coppola: The (First) Conversation

Just returned from a taping of Evan Smith’s KLRU talk show, Texas Monthly Talks, where the guest was filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. This was the first of two public sit-downs the legendary director will make today. The second is tonight at Hogg Auditorium, where he will also screen a new documentary entitled, CODA: Thirty Years Later, described this afternoon as a companion piece to his wife Eleanor’s Apocalypse Now doc, Hearts of Darkness. I’ll have a more in-depth look at his appearance tonight, but some tidbits from this afternoon included:

– He described his aborted sci-fi epic, Megalopolis, as “loving a woman who doesn’t love you back.” In his frustrations with trying to salvage the NYC utopian tale post-9/11, he found solace in adapting his new project, Youth Without Youth.

– Thanks to his wine and resorts company, he’s making enough money to self-finance his projects, as he did with Youth Without Youth.

– It’s been said before, but he confirmed again that he is no fan of Peter Biskind’s ’70s cinema tome, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls.

– Assorted factoids from this afternoon’s chat that I hadn’t heard before, or had forgotten: Coppola wanted Martin Scorsese to direct The Godfather Part II and Paramount refused… He only started his winery out of hobby and fondness for family tradition, but the wine boom of the 1980s would make it seem like a brilliant idea… Coppola wanted The Godfather Part III to be titled The Death of Michael Corleone, but didn’t have enough clout to get the studio to go ahead … He expects to start shooting his next project (Tetro), based on his own script, in South America this July.

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