George Lucas was granted access to Francis Ford Coppola's making of "The Rain People", which allowed him to document in this movie the filmmaking process of a long shooting in many ...
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George Lucas was granted access to Francis Ford Coppola's making of "The Rain People", which allowed him to document in this movie the filmmaking process of a long shooting in many different locations; the working relations between director and his cast and crew; the obstacles in the filming process; and the way the creator of a work of art deals with himself and with his creation, always trying to improve its quality - specially a perfectionist like Coppola - under strange and difficult circumstances. Written by
This early George Lucas film is identified in the opening credits as a "diary" and it follows the making of Francis Ford Coppola's THE RAIN PEOPLE. If you've seen HEARTS OF DARKNESS then you'll notice that this much earlier film follows the same process as we see Coppola working behind the scenes with the actors and the production while also narrating his thoughts on filmmaking and the process of dealing with actors, the studio and other demands.
FILMMAKER isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but it's a very well-made movie and it's certainly worth watching if you're a fan of Coppola. As I said, this film almost seems like an earlier version of HEARTS OF DARKNESS, although there appears to be a little less stress here and of course no Marlon Brando to deal with. The film gives you a wonderful look at what Coppola was dealing with and there are some very funny moments including one where he's frustrated that the DGA forced a co-director on him.
At just thirty-two minutes there's nothing ground-breaking here but if you're a fan of Coppola then it's a must see.
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