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Youth Without Youth -- Francis Ford Coppola returns to the realm of his mastery with a new film about growing young. A bolt of lightning strikes Dominic Matei (Tim Roth) so close to death that he begins to age backwards. When he grows from 70 to 40 in a week, he draws the attention of the Nazis and the world. Now he's running  for his life with a new love and no hope of knowing his phenomenal fate.
Youth Without Youth -- This is a second theatrical trailer for Youth Without Youth, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Youth Without Youth -- Clip: Dinner party
Youth Without Youth -- This is the U.S. theatrical trailer for Youth Without Youth, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Youth Without Youth -- Youth Without Youth - Teaser Trailer


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Release Date:
26 October 2007 (Italy) See more »
A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in pre-World War II Europe, a timid professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tim Roth ... Dominic

Alexandra Maria Lara ... Veronica / Laura

Bruno Ganz ... Professor Stanciulescu
André Hennicke ... Josef Rudolf

Marcel Iures ... Prof. Giuseppe Tucci

Adrian Pintea ... Pandit

Alexandra Pirici ... Woman in Room 6

Florin Piersic Jr. ... Dr. Gavrila
Zoltan Butuc ... Dr. Chirila
Adriana Titieni ... Anetta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mircea Albulescu ... Davidoglu
Dan Astileanu ... Professor (as Dan Astilean)

Cristian Balint ... Grenzschutz

Dragos Bucur ... Bartender
Theodor Danetti ... Dr. Neculache
Andrei Gheorghe ... Taxi Driver

Roxana Guttman ... Gertrude
Dorina Lazar ... Cook

Rodica Lazar ... Teller

Anamaria Marinca ... Hotel Receptionist
Hodorog Anton Mihail ... Doru, The Guard
Mihai Niculescu ... Vaian
Gelu Nitu ... Policeman
Mirela Oprisor ... Craita
Alexandru Repan ... Dr. Chavannes
Dan Sandulescu ... Nicodim

Andi Vasluianu ... Intern

Matt Damon ... Life Magazine Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
Mircea Eliade (novella)

Francis Ford Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Anahid Nazarian .... executive producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
Dave Rosenbaum .... production executive
Masa Tsuyuki .... associate producer
Original Music by
Osvaldo Golijov 
Cinematography by
Mihai Malaimare Jr. 
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Florin Kevorkian 
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
Production Design by
Calin Papura 
Art Direction by
Ruxandra Ionica 
Mircea Onisoru 
Set Decoration by
Adi Popa 
Adrian Popa 
Costume Design by
Gloria Papura 
Makeup Department
Barrie Gower .... prosthetic makeup sculptor
Peter King .... hair designer (as Peter Swords King)
Peter King .... makeup designer (as Peter Swords King)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Dana Roseanu .... makeup artist
Domnica Sava .... hair stylist
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair designer
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Production Management
Diona Dragnea .... production manager (as Doina Dragnea)
Adriana Rotaru .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vladimir Anton .... second assistant director
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
Oana Ene .... second assistant director
Craita Nanu .... second assistant director
Anatol Reghintovschi .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gabriel Bucur .... set dresser: Romania
Adi Iancu .... stand-by props: Romania
Iasar Memedali .... property buyer: Romania
Adi Popa .... property master: Romania
Marc Schwarzberg .... graphic artist
Dora Somova .... stand-by props: Bulgaria
Sound Department
Mihai Bogos .... sound recordist
Viorel Dobre .... adr recordist
Alex Dragomir .... dialogue editor
Kim Foscato .... sound effects editor
Ivan Fritz .... machine room operator
Pete Horner .... sound designer
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Knox .... sound re-recording consultant
Zach Martin .... sound mix technician
Matei Mircea .... boom operator
Walter Murch .... sound re-recording mixer
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Victor Panfilov .... sound effects editor
Horea Alexandru Pascu .... assistant sound
Gene Radzik .... sound consultant
Vadim Staver .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Liviu Gherghe .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Kevin Bailey .... additional visual effects (as Kevin N. Bailey)
Stepán Batousek .... digital compositor
Patrik Bergman .... digital effects artist
Ales Dlabac .... CG artist
Roland Friedrich .... flame artist
Miro Gal .... Flame artist
Lukas Herrmann .... digital matte paint artist
Jan Heusler .... digital compositor
Tomas Kalhous .... digital compositor: UPP
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer
Michal Krecek .... digital compositor
Vincent Lavares .... data manager: Laser Pacific
Jirí Linhart .... digital effects artist
Robert Loudil .... visual effects artist
Petr Masek .... digital compositor
Peter Nemec .... Flame artist
Peter Nemec .... digital effects artist
Peter Nemec .... senior flame artist
Vaclav Ondrousek .... digital compositor
Robert Pik .... inferno artist
Jiri Stamfest .... matte artist
Petr Vcelicka .... digital compositor
Jan Vseticek .... visual effects coordinator
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
Kim Wiseman .... digital compositor
Octavian Golgot .... stunt coordinator
Attila Nemes .... stunt coordinator
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator (as Razvan Puiu)
Daniel Visan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Cos Aelenei .... still photographer
Marius Bercu .... gaffer
Alex Cosma .... electrician
Marian Duca .... key grip
Ilie Georgica .... assistant camera
Stefan Stefanovschi .... electrician
Bogdan Talpeanu .... second assistant camera
Paul Ticu .... electrician
Cristian Toader .... best boy
Casting Department
Liliana Toma .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume supervisor
Adina Bucur .... wardrobe supervisor
Mariana Pall .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kevin Bailey .... assistant editor (as Kevin N. Bailey)
Sean Cullen .... associate editor
Andrei Dascalescu .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist
Corina Stavila .... associate editor
Adelina Bichis .... assistant editor (uncredited)
James T. Mockoski .... post production supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeremy Flower .... music constructions
Petru Margineanu .... music recording supervisor
Michael Pärt .... music editor
Mihai Suteu .... music recording engineer
Attila Tõzsér .... music editor
Lev Zhurbin .... additional orchestrator
Lev Zhurbin .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Vasile Anghel .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Adrian Codoi .... location manager
Jennifer Furches .... script supervisor: second unit
Alexandru Iures .... assistant: Francis Ford Coppola
Brendan Kenney .... assistant to director
Oana Marian .... assistant: Tim Roth
James T. Mockoski .... archivist
Marian Moldoveanu .... location manager
Elena Neacsu .... assistant extras coordinator
Ioana Ofileanu .... office production assistant
Iulian Pana .... location manager
Magda Pintilie .... production accountant
Liviu Popescu .... production assistant
Adriana Racasan .... assistant: Alexandra Maria Lara
Dave Rosenbaum .... studio executive (as David Rosenbaum)
Razvan Secara .... extras coordinator
Ioana Stoica .... location scout manager
Vasilescu Valentin .... horse master
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conform (uncredited)
Ben Bedo Manoukian .... production liaison (uncredited)
Anne-Marie Cowsill .... thanks

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image
124 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Co-editor Walter Murch started working immediately after completing his previous movie, Jarhead (2005). He had to spend 6 weeks watching all the 170 hours of footage shot and watching the first assembly put up by Corina Stavila.See more »
Anachronisms: The action is set in 1940's, but the Piatra-Neamt train station has modern, double glazing doors (at around 1h 50 mins).See more »
Dominic:I love you. I've always loved you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Yo Sin Ti (Me without YouSee more »


Is there any romanian in it?
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Three Roses, Four Walls, Five Dimensions..., 6 September 2009
Author: ThurstonHunger from Palo Alto, CA, USA

I saw mention of "Altered States" in the comments section, but I think a more apt parallel might be "The Fountain" by Aronofsky. In that film, an intellectual pursuit is pitted in juxtaposition to the more human pursuit of love. In "The Fountain" science is the pursuit and it is employed towards the end of salvaging a relationship, whereas with Coppola the pursuit is philosophy and its pursuit decidedly comes first symbolically and then physically at the unraveling of love.

So, yes this is a cerebral film. One that is driven often by dialog, including dialog conducted between a man and his double...and also in a language of the protagonists own creation. And yet the message here, while convoluted never came across as mere gibberish to me.

Instead, I hear the echoes of an old man, Coppola, who perhaps has seen his own life, and maybe lives of those around him, consumed by his own calling. And with the double, what film maker cannot feel the presence of a vying reality. Here we have mirrors, like Coppola's "Rumble Fish" shadows, that do not match the reality they should reflect.

I felt like the lightning strike could be seen as a character's epiphany that he is indeed a character in a story. More fifth dimension than fourth wall. But nonetheless fascinating. A superhero of sorts is born, but not exactly a Marvel.

Back to Aronofky's "Fountain" that film for me got bogged down in the trompe du CG-eye, whereas in "Youth Without Youth" whoever did the scenery scouting should be applauded. I felt more grounded in the real, yet often captivating, world filmed. (Was Malta, Malta or just another aspect of Romania?) Too bad I didn't feel the same way about casting, although others here have lauded Roth and Ganz, they were weaker links for me in their particular roles. Clearly Roth's role/s was/were demanding, for me he has the nervous energy of someone looking over his shoulder, more than a man lost in an inward gaze. A better maniac than a monomaniac. And Ganz, it felt like all of his lines were re-dubbed, to the point of a CGI-level distraction.

Nonetheless, a film with tricky mirrors provides some interesting reflection. Ultimately the film neither flaunts love as the salvation, nor rigorous study as providing an ultimate reward. For me the message was not even mystical, but simply that nature will claim every man.

Sure as the snow...

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