The name Francis Ford Coppola conjures a cinematic career crossed by contradictions: he set out to be a “European,” personal, small filmmaker, before creating some of the most popular, successful films in American cinema; he’s a star auteur whose struggles for independence nearly ended his career more than once; he helped to define the New Hollywood-era, but his methods always look back to the ensemble film-making of the golden era of the Hollywood studios.
FFC turned 80 over the weekend and Apocalypse Now is 40 this year. Here’s a great interview between Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson…
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