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Francis Ford Coppola Auteur

Exploring him as an auteur director

Alyson Justus

on 17 February 2013

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Transcript of Francis Ford Coppola Auteur

Stylistic Elements Long, tracking shots

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
(not dialogue)
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

3. Globalization
Akira Kurosawa--Japanese director
Tetro (2009)--widescreen

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
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