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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the first of a five-part feature...
“I used to have synchronized movies,” recalled filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola of his industrious childhood. “Most of them I cut together from home movies my family had shot.” Charging admission for the neighbourhood screenings, the cinematic venture proved to be a lucrative enterprise for the young Coppola. “When I was about eighteen, I became very interested in Eisenstein. I read all of his work and went to see his films at the Museum of Modern Art,” stated the Detroit, Michigan native. “Taking my example from him, I went to theatre school and worked very hard.” After directing a number of plays, Francis Ford Coppola was drawn back to moviemaking. “In my third year at Hofstra, I sold my car and bought a 16mm camera…I went out to make a short, which I never finished. »
Of all the various attempts to bring the literary dystopias of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World to the screen, none succeeded in replicating the extraordinary atmosphere and tone of their source novels.
John Hurt may have been magnificent as the doomed Winston Smith, but Michael Radford's adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four never quite retained the savagery present in Orwell's stark, terrifying prose. Similarly, the 1998 TV movie of Brave New World couldn't capture the despair in Huxley's vision of a scrubbed-up future of state controlled sex and drugs.
There are both rational and irrational reasons for hating the prequel trilogy. With the rise of Red Letter Media, that internet phenomenon that has made a name shit-talking the Star Trek: Next Generations films, and The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, there is a more present sense of disappointment with the Lucas empire- but it’s something that has been haunting Lucas about a couple days after people started seeing Tpm and word set in. But as not great as the prequels were, there’s other reasons to be bummed about those films besides just fan service. Until he made the prequel trilogy, George Lucas had a stunning cinematic record as a director. His first film Thx 1138 is a classic, and deserves to be appreciated. Another reason to be disappointed is that he led the way for films like Lost in Space, the 1998 warm-up for the prequel trilogy. »
- Andre Dellamorte
With Forbidden Planet and Thx 1138 coming out on blu-ray this week, this Tuesday is a very good day for science fiction lovers. Both films were visionary and represented the beginning of an era in sci-fi film. Forbidden Planet was the beginning of science fiction films with solid story and big budgets. Thx 1138 was George Lucas’ first feature film, a director who would in later years have the big budgets (though perhaps not as solid of stories). The original Thx 1138 was a minimalist art film about the future, and it represents the enormous potential and talent of George Lucas. The blu-ray release, however, represents the best and worst of George Lucas.
Thx 1138 is set in a frightening totalitarian society where every movement is being monitored by a theistic government. People confess their sins to government-run confessionals, work government-assigned jobs, take heavy sedatives to keep them docile, and cannot have sex. »
- Rachel Kolb
4 items from 2010
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