Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola (kō´pə´lə), 1939–, American film director, b. Detroit. Coppola began his career directing low-budget films and working on screenplays for other directors. He won his first Academy Award for Patton (1970) and firmly established his reputation with The Godfather (1972; Academy Award). In this film, he converted an unambitious novel about the Corleone family and organized crime into a subtle portrait of the immigrant experience in America. He created an even more expansive version of this story in The Godfather Part II (1974; Academy Award). Apocalypse Now (1979) was Coppola's ambitious effort to show Vietnam as America's Heart of Darkness, with Joseph Conrad's story providing the narrative skeleton; an expanded cut of the film entitled Apocalypse Now Redux was released 22 years later. His post-Apocalypse films, including The Outsiders (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), and Tucker (1987), varied widely in quality, but he returned to top form with The Godfather, Part III (1990), which brought the story of the Corleones into the 1980s. In 1992, Coppola turned to the horror genre with his version of the vampire classic, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Thereafter he focused more on the making of wines from his California vineyards. In 2007 he released Youth without Youth, a complex film about a man who mysteriously recovers his lost youth, adapted from a novella by Mircea Eliade.

See biography by M. Schumacher (1999).

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Francis Ford Coppola: Selected full-text books and articles

Major Film Directors of the American and British Cinema By Gene D. Phillips Lehigh University Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 8 "Francis Coppola: The Lower Depths"
Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures By Vincent Lobrutto Praeger, 2005
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Tableau Narrative Structure and Sound Design: Apocalypse Now"
A Cinematic Offer You Can't Refuse: Or How 'The Godfather' Prefigured Apocalypse By Tonkin, Boyd New Statesman (1996), Vol. 125, No. 4295, August 2, 1996
Beyond "Pizza" and "Nonna"! or, What's Bad about Italian/American Criticism? Further Directions for Italian/American Cultural Studies (1) By Tamburri, Anthony Julian MELUS, Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 2003
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Guide to American Cinema, 1965-1995 By Daniel Curran Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: "Coppola, Francis Ford" begins on p. 67
Hollywood Scavenges Magazines in Search of Plots and Story Lines By Horvitz, Leslie Alan Insight on the News, Vol. 13, No. 17, May 12, 1997
Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers By Yvonne Tasker Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: "Francis Ford Coppola" begins on p. 118
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