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27 Things We Learned from Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ Commentary

15 March 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“Before I said I was going to do Finian’s Rainbow I should have read the book.”Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Commentator: Francis Ford Coppola (director)

1. Regarding the film’s opening frame featuring the word “overture” onscreen, he says it’s because this was what was referred to as a roadshow production. “They were like a night at the theater. You were given a program, it was an event, and as you came to your seat there was an overture playing.” It’s a long absent format, but Quentin Tarantino recently revived it for some screenings of The Hateful Eight.

2. He says a benefit of 70mm productions was that “the soundtrack would be in six-track magnetic stereophonic sound and was very high quality.”

3. The Warner Bros/Seven Arts logo reminds him of his time spent at the latter company working as a staff writer when they bought WB. “It was quite a coincidence related to my directing this »

- Rob Hunter

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