June 12, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST
June 12, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST
This better be good.
Woot! Anyway, I digress. Anyone listen to the Director's commentary on Bram Stoker's Dracula? I've never heard a man so pissed off with the industry as FFC. Such a shame, because, my God, he can make movies when he tries...
June 12, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST
13 years ago was Jack. urgs.
June 12, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST
in the 1970s imho. Man I miss the old Coppola, last really awsome film for me was Dracula, saw that as a kid and it freaked the shit out of me. Too bad he ended up having to make things like Jack and the rainmaker (wich isn t bad imho..) in order to make money after his production company went bankrupt. Its also a pity that the man will never be given a big budget ever again, so we will never see Megalopolis I guess...Cmon Lucas, how about you use your millions to bankroll Coppola for his pet sci-fi project? Even if it bombed it would nt be much of a loss to you...lol
June 12, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST
Hate to be an ass, but it's Wagner. It just sounds like "Vogner". So there you go, Whoever-Transcribed-This-Interview. You learn something new every day.
June 12, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST
Thank you, Francis Ford Coppola, for using a tripod. I stopped going to movies because of the overuse of the handheld camera. Take "The Pursuit of Happyness," for example. The film is so wrong stylistically, with its palsy-cam photography, shot with a telephoto lens from across the room, a technique that makes simple dialogue scenes in office buildings look like they're transpiring during major earthquakes. It doesn't make any sense. And it makes me motion sick.
June 12, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST
and damn underrated movie in my opinion....
June 12, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST
Its sweeping the nation!
June 12, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST
to stage your AICN coup d'état!<p> After this interview, this site is yours for the taking.
June 12, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST
because that was excruciatingly self indulgent drivel...which is so depressing to have come from the man who gave us The Conversation, Godfather and Apocalypse Now..and even that pretty good Dracula
June 12, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
I also watched this not too long ago, and it is a great film. Despite its critical success (I think it was nominated for Best Picture), it still feels somewhat lost in Coppola's filmography behind the glare of the first two Godfathers. If you have not seen The Conversation, do yourself a favor and check it out. I can almost guarantee you'll love it. Great work by Hackman on one of the great characters from the 70s, right up there with his Popeye Doyle (though in a very different way).
June 12, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST
come off as an easy going guy with a sense of humor. not how you expect one of the greatest modern directors.
June 12, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST
Bring on the Batman, some day?
June 12, 2009, 9 a.m. CST
No, not the FCC, The F.C.C. He also had a great interview with him. His press junkette must be as big as his gut.
June 12, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
Loved that shout out to the 900 and gave Directing Tips 101. Getting a director to talk about the process is just as interesting to me as getting him talking about his latest work.
June 12, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
But I do think that the "redux" part of "Apocalypse Now Redux" weakens rather than strengthens the film. Even if it was only cut from the theatrical release to make time, I wish it had stayed out. It's a better movie without it.
June 12, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST
All that camera jostling- the man's got a point. Sure, action movies require dynamism but there is such a thing as too much energy. Quint, congrats on interviewing a living legend. Good job.
June 12, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST
with such a limited time, and Coppola's tendancy to ramble, you should have cut him short just to get more questions in there... although this is a demi-god so you're forgiven
June 12, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST
Giuseppe Verde? As in, Cobra Verde? Yeah, I do hope these fuck-ups (someone mentioned an earlier gaffe, now corrected, of "Vogner"!) are the result of some 12 year-old kid brother transcriber. Even then I'd hope for better. If someone is going to be conducting interviews with cultural luminaries like Coppola, shouldn't they at least be culturally literate? This is but one reason why internet journalism is scorned. Hi, I'm in my 20s and I has access to internet! That makes me a writer!
June 12, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST
Yeah, the interview was too short, but I love to hear Coppola ramble. I loved his "Dracula" commentary.<p>He seems to be re-energized by working with young actors. I hope "Tetro" makes it to my neck of the woods.
June 12, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST
And you're one of my favorite filmmakers. Thank you for all you have done.
June 12, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
Just asking, you never know?
June 12, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST
I loved The Interveiw but it was way to short.i'll see this on dvd or cable
June 12, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST
He produced Victor Salva's clownhose where Salva was convicted of sexually assaulting a young kid and remains unrepentant about it. He continued to produce Salva's movie's afer that. I used to respect Coppola but he chose to back a disgusting creep and the box office take instead of making a moral stand. Unforgivable.
June 12, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST
What about those that defend Polanski? Now those are your fucking scumbags.
June 12, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST
Then the next time he sits down with Coppola, he can pass it on.
June 12, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST
He should have served way longer than that for fucking a kid up for the rest of his life. How would you feel if that creep molested you. Whether or not Salva has paid his debt to society is not the point. It's the people around him that have gone on record minimalizing what the man has done. Look up for yourself the stuff Coppola and his producers have said. It's terrible.
June 12, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
I think anyone who harms a child should be put to death personally. I'm saying he pled guilty, served his time and hasn't repeated the offense as far as we know. But how people defend Polanski, blows my fucking mind. <p>I will look up the Francis quotes.
June 12, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
is Coppola's best film. Which is saying a lot. <p>Also, I agree with southafricanguy, Lucas should be bankrolling his pal on Megalopolis or whatever he wants to do.
June 12, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST
...but I think Francis is too prideful to take a hand out from George.
June 12, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
A terrible human being. Unlike John Landis who is a hack film maker, and a terrible human being.
June 12, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
I guess I'm the only one who thinks that.
June 12, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST
I hear what your saying, and I appreciate you having an open mind. Sometimes we dont want to admit our idols like coppola have flaws
June 12, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST
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June 12, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST
Yeah, it's so good to hear one of the greats slag off the annoying shaky-cam trend that we're having to endure these days. You tell 'em, FFC!
June 12, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST
but only for 12 years? I've had a Fapon for Sophia Coppola since she appeared in that Black Crows video. The junkie/hooker look suits her.
June 12, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST
...on the first try. Not like that spineless pussy Spike Jonze, who can't keep his dick hard unless stuffed animals and skateboards are involved. <p>I'm the real deal. And I aim to fuck.
June 12, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST
Coppola has said the moment has passed for that project. He was quoted as saying that it dealt heavily with New York and a lot of what he planned to do would be impossible post-9/11.
June 12, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST
a film where two kids are shown on TV cowering from the sound of a helicopter above them. He's all class. That man WANTS to be put away.
June 12, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST
Instead of Verdi, as in Giuseppe Verdi. But seriously, they had it written as "Vogner"? You must be joking.
June 12, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST
Just for that movie alone Coppola is one of the best filmmakers of all time.
June 12, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST
One of the best movies ever made. Thanks, Francis.
June 12, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST
June 12, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST
that they end up going on a self indulgent kick. a good example is coppola and david lynch. i personally have no problem with artists pursuing some personal vision but i sure wish lynch would make some more straight up studio films because he is such a talent. elephant man is probably his most commercial endeavor. some times the audience such as myself would like to just enjoy a good commercial movie. like rainmaker or bram stokers dracula.<br>departed for example is a very commercial effort from scorsese and i enjoyed the hell out of it. rainmaker is a very enjoyable movie.
June 12, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST
I thought he was some fat scruffy guy.
June 12, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST
I'm glad to never see it again.</p> <p>I listened to the Rumble Fish commentary recently and I couldn't stop cracking up. It's like he has no idea he's Francis Ford Coppola. This interview comes across the same way. Like someone's nice dad who'll drop you home after band practice. :) Not a legendary filmmaker at all. You could tell listening to that commentary that he'd be making more personal movies. Sounds like it is. </p>
June 12, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST
In other words he's saying he looks like a retard.
June 13, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST
by Media Messiah
Thank you for that...Buffy!!!
June 13, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST
Coppola... damn man.
June 13, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST
That's Alden Ehrenreich. To see a few pics of Quint, just put Eric Vespe into a Google Image search.
June 13, 2009, 3:44 a.m. CST
The man is a genius film maker and is probably one of the greatest to ever walk the earth. He OWNED the 70's along with William Friedkin, and just like that equally amazing mad bastard, by the end of that decade they had risen so high that they simply ran out of oxygen. Leaving Friedkin to one side, Coppola's astonishing innings of Godfather's 1 & 2 and Conversation HAD to come to an end with Apocalypse Now. NOBODY could survive making that movie, it wasn't just a movie it was Coppola's heart and soul ripped out and stitched onto celluloid. As interesting and brilliant as his subsequent works are, he would never reach such heights again. But no man could. One from the Heart once more showed that he was equal to none and once again was prepared to gamble everything to bring this astonishing vision to the screen. My two personal favourite 80's movies came next with the Outsiders and Rumble Fish, one classical and romantic the other experimental and beguiling. The Cotten Club was a near miss masterpiece, worthy but the first of his films that left me cold. However I couldn't help but fall in love with the soppy and silly Peggy Sue Got Married. Sure it aped Back to the Future but I didn't mind one bit. I kind of side stepped Gardens of Stone and Tucker to get to Godfather 3 and by that time I was wondering if the financial and emotional losses he'd had in the 80's had finally taken their toll. Godfather 3 SHOULD have been a crowning moment, it SHOULD have been equal to those two movies but it wasn't. I was depressed after coming out the cinema; sure it had great moments, Andy Garcia stole the show, when he was allowed to, but it just lacked a pulse. I immediately went home and watched the entire Godfather Epic VHS box set to help me get over my sadness. A couple of years later I heard he was attempting to finally nail a proper Dracula movie and pay respect to Stoker. Now as you might suspect I am a bit of a Drac freak so the idea of Coppola taking on Stoker made me giddy. I was shaking when I went into the cinema that Winter evening, already feverish after picking up Mike Mignola's amazing comic adaptation, movie tie in magazines, soundtrack and that cool as fuck one sheet poster which now hung proudly from my bedroom wall. The film I'd hoped for didn't materialize. It WASN'T THE BOOK, sure the story and dialogue was there, sort of, but the feel, the tone, the haunting, decaying gothic sexuality wasn't. The film impressed me, after all how could it not, but all throughout it felt contrived, forced and limited by its studio bound staginess. It is of course a personal thing as all movies are, but I felt, and after reading countless interviews with Coppola and crew it just got away from them, a bit like Keanu's accent. I've learnt to respect the film over the years but it's not the film it could have been. Moving on, The Rainmaker was merely a good way of forgetting that he'd even attempt to make a movie like Jack, the worst film of that year and of his career. I haven't yet seen Youth without Youth or Tetro but will. I still live in hope that he'll be able to deliver one final masterpiece with Metropolis, but even if he does it doesn't matter since he's already made some of the finest American films ever and he will remain a legend. Good interview by the way Quint.
June 13, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST
Just to have done 1 of Coppola's 70s movies. And just content with a lone shlong and an extra enlarged taint area.
June 13, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST
really ..the idea that great artists MUST be great human beings is fundamentally retarded..the world is not so simple people. It's the cult of celebrity that deludes everyone into thinking we actually know them at all.
June 13, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST
yes you are. Youth without Youth was self indulgent mumbo jumbo of the gigantic jelly monster variety.
June 13, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST
I'm not a big fan off his but I'm fucking tired of this whole idea of him being a rapist. lets get the facts straight, this so called "little girl" was a model who partied all the time and was delivered to jack Nicholson's house by her mommy for a photo shoot, this wasn't an innocent kid who was pulled off the streets by a horny perverted foreigner. she was know to be having sex with much older men and did drugs also, if anything the real issue was bad judgment by Polanski
June 13, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST
....and fucking her in her ass. Thats cool. I'll stay on this side of the street. Hope you don't have a daughter. Because lets face it, if she's a party girl into older men-- its cool to fuck dudes 4 times her age, right? <P>No one sayd we knew them or that they should be good people. I just will not contribute a cent financial to some dude that fucks children in their ass and flees like a fucking coward. If he did the time like a man. Fine. But Polanski is a chicken shit coward.
June 13, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
Where do you think these women who become porn stars come from? i know people don't like to believe this but some girls are porn little whores and will grow up being whores, this whole innocent little girl shit is bull. when you see some chick in a porn taking two dicks in her ass nones forcing her she wants to.
June 13, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST
June 13, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
what the fuck did he do?
June 13, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
I'm actually more interested in her next film more than her dad's. <p> "I think I swallowed a bug."
June 13, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST
I fucking HATE that shit. I just watched an indie called Baghead, which actually had good acting, a good script (except for the ending), and decent lighting, but the CAMERA WORK WAS NEARLY UNWATCHABLE. It played Sundance... my god, I couldn't imagine watching that thing on something bigger than my plasma. These self-conscious zooms in and out, everything being in a tight CU that wonders around, in and out of focus. Drive down to wal-mart and BUY A FUCKING TRIPOD. Seriously. When Hollywood movies do it it's even worse... J.J. Abrams is the KING of that shit. What's sad is that if your'e an up and coming filmmaker and you have ANY sense of mis en scene and shot composition, YOU ARE FUCKED. You better be content with showing your films to your friends and relatives, because mumblecore has mostly taken over many of the major festivals. That and docs about the Iraqi war. In this day and age, Following, Primer, Pi, etc., would be tossed into the trash for actually being well made. Rant over...
June 13, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST
How does it make it better she was a skank too? So she was into parties, yes she was a dumb bitch too, but if she so willfully loved the aged cock why did she have to be drugged?
June 14, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST
And has probably willingly had her ass fucked numerous times since then.
June 14, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST
Polanski blew it. I don't anyone here, even DGDB, would hold it against Polanski for what he did to that girl he had accepted his sentence and/or came back to face the music. Public sympathy would be on his side - I can easily see myself passing off the act as part of the trauma of him losing his wife and unborn baby to the Manson Family. <p> However, by fleeing and unwilling to accept responsibility, that is what taints Polanski. <p> Man survived the holocaust, lost his family, lost his wife and unborn baby to murders - I am willing to believe he would have been forgiven for his crimes by us and the public if he just accepted the punishment. <p> Oh, and blaming the victim is so 1940s and 50s guys. I don't care if she blew 20 guys before Polanski, he shouldn't have drugged her and anally raped her.
June 14, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST
The guy did his time. It is not up to us to decide how to continue to punish someone after he paid his debt to society - even if that debt seems inadequate. You don't want to hang out with him or support his films, fine, but don't hold it against others for being willing to give him another chance. <p> HOWEVER, I will say if I was Coppola I would be less than willing to help him after seeing Powder and Jeeper Creeper 2. It is hard for me to think that you are a reformed sex offender when I see some many shots of young teenage men topless and posed in such homo erotic posses. <p> It would be like if John Hinckley, Jr. was released and you decided to give him a chance and let him direct a movie, and he insisted in casting Jodie Foster look-a-likes in the thing and the main character shooting politicians to gain her love. I think that might alarm you a little.
June 14, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST
...Polanski was in a position of power in hollywood and he used it to get her mother to leave her thirteen year old daughter alone with him at his house, for a 'private' photoshoot. He plied her with champagne and quaaludes til she didn't know what was going on and then fucked her in the arse. You want to defend that, go for it dickhead. As for Coppola, I'll second that his early 80's output doesn't get the rep it deserves. One From The Heart is still one of the greatest visual and aural films ever released (even if the plot and acting is dull at best) and Rumble Fish is a masterpiece.
June 14, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST
...not because he fucked a 13 year old girl in the ass at a Hollywood party after spiking her drink with quaaludes. He's vilified because he got caught. How many underage girls do you think have been fucked in the ass by Hollywood directors and producers over the years? If you want to boycott films made by people who fucked underage girls or boys in the ass, you're not going to be watching films. The casting couch is stained with the rectal blood and vaginal fluids of countless underage girls and boys.
June 14, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST
Shaky cam is just a poor attempt at trying to hide a lack of real visual talent. It's the hackiest of filmmaking techniques and should be punished, not rewarded..I'm looking your way Michael gay Bay.
June 15, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST
June 15, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST
June 15, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST
I hate shakeycam with a passion. Even action scenes, the Bourne movies and now the current Bond movies which are slowly turning into Lifetime soap operas are employing the shakeycam. It's like they have the cams on yo-yo strings and flinging them around.
June 16, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST
...though the ending blows cock in my opinion. Most of the film is a fantastic quirky drama. In the end it suddenly takes a hard right into operatic soap opera. Very weird. But I'm still trying to process the whole thing. Its a lot to absord, and I'm not entirely sure how much I liked it. <p>The acting is aces across the board. Except for one stupid character. This notorious critic known as "Alone." Just stupid. Shitty character and shitty acting. Didn't understand the reason she needed to exist.
June 16, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST
like normal people do
June 16, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST
June 16, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST
I'm delighted Coppola is making more personal films. I can't wait to see Tetro. <p> He is a true giant of cinema and the capo dei capi of the movie brats. He's one of the principle figures that helped bring about the great renaissance in american film making in the 1970s. <p> He's been cursed by the Godfather's success in much the same way as Orson Welles was cursed by Citizen Kane's success. He may not reach the unsurpassable heights of the Godfather, but that doesn't mean his films are worthy of people's attention and praise. He should be commended for the path he's taken and you've got to admire how open he was in his criticism of Lucas and of actors like De Niro. They should be following his example.
June 16, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST
by Wee Willie
only on AICN can a discussion about Francis Coppola, one of the most influential American filmmakers turn into an argument about Vicotr Salva, Roman Polanski, and (oddly) Woody Allen. P.S. News flash, people, all famous people are assholes. Some are just less assholish than others.
June 16, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST
Good questions, considering you only had 20 minutes. It was a nice bonus to also be able to hear answers in Coppola's own voice. Thanks, Quint!
June 16, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST
I enjoy the audio bits as well.
June 16, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST
perhaps you don't know the culture of AICN, one guy mentions a foible of the article's subject and the rest of the tb is a slippery slope to shitville.
June 16, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST
June 17, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST
Like Robert Duvall geting high off Napalm breeze or Patton getting a boner on that battlefield, even if i have to take both sides to prolonging it, i love it! Dont you??
June 17, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST
The movie is a masterpiece, great story, great cast, great one-liners, epic scale, and one of the greatest endings in movies. Brando, Pacino, Duvall, Cazale, Caan, Shire, unbelievable.
June 18, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST
DRAG ME TO HELL is still in theaters. Why isn't everyone going?<br><br> http://www.aintitcool.com/talkback_display/40453
June 18, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST
to people who haven't actually seen it. Seriously, who here hasn't already seen it? This shit gets on my nerves. <p> I personally found the film disapointing. It's not Raimi's worst, but it's no Darkman.
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