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Francis Ford Coppola Auteur
Transcript of Francis Ford Coppola Auteur
Create a sense of scope
Emphasize small but important moments
for the audience Stylistic Elements The Anti-hero His Biography Born in 1939, New York suburb in a creative and supportive atmosphere
Creative as a child
Father and Mother (Italian) have creative jobs
Degree in drama, graduate degree in filmaking
Worked as an assistant doing sound work and screenwriting
1969-He and George Lucas establish American Zoetrope, an indie film production company
produced THX 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) (Lucas directed) Themes The American Dream: Family
(members, rituals/rules, structures, dynamics) Themes The Search for the POSSIBILITY of Hope
hope for all--populism
the potential for escape
The Outsiders 1:25:17 (Ponyboy reads and writes his paper) Themes The Journey through the "wilderness"
critiques of systems (socio-economic, racial, ethnic, etc.) and inequities of society
respects human journey regardless of the status/stature of the human
Peggy Sue Got Married Erratic, Energetic, and Controversial Director and Auteur Francis Ford Coppola Style Elements Focus on SCORE and faces of characters
imaginative sound effects/score Biography/Filmography (Continued) The Godfather (1972) --directs and wins best picture and screenplay Oscar--huge $$$
The Conversation (1974)--several Oscar nominations
The Godfather, Part II (1974)--six Oscars
Apocalypse Now (1979)--biggest epic, two Oscars
Others of note: The Outsiders (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Bramstoker's Dracula (1992)
Recent: Tetro (2009)
Many others central character in a story who is not traditionally brave or heroic ex. Apocalypse Now--protagonist, Army Captain Willard Influences 1. Rise of youth audiences in the 1960s and 1970s
2. European art films
Akira Kurosawa--Japanese director
4. Technological advancements Family
The Godfather trilogy--Corleone family ties to Coppola family (minus gangster deal)
The Outsiders (1983), Rumblefish (1983), Tetro (2009) FPJ: How is this
an anti-hero? FPJ: What sounds
do you hear? What does this
tell us about Coppola? FPJ: How is the sound mix transformative?
What was Coppola trying to achieve? Final due THURSDAY!
Today: Film your chase/game sequence—last day! Independent Study Doc. Script