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Discover the Majesty of Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Youth Without Youth’ In New Video Essay

Francis Ford Coppola‘s “late” career is a deeply rewarding thing — a film-by-film exemplification of what happens when great artists appear to be working almost entirely within the limits they set for themselves and through the tools they can manipulate however they so desire. (Just look at his next project for an idea of how much the man wants to keep pushing himself.) The first entry into this phase is 2007’s Youth Without Youth, in which an elderly linguistics professor (Tim Roth) finds his age cut in half upon being struck by lightning, and after (naturally) becoming a subject of intense focus, becomes enmeshed in international conspiracies, all while falling in love with a woman who may be the reincarnation of his long-lost object of desire.

Or something along those lines. Scout Tafoya, in the latest installment of his series, “The Unloved,” examines the alternately opaque and overpowering way Coppola’s film provides its pleasures,
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Ten Things I Learned At The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

Well, another year spent in the company of classic cinema curated by the TCM Classic Film Festival has come and gone, leaving me with several great experiences watching favorite films and ones I’d never before seen, some already cherished memories, and the usual weary bag of bones for a body in the aftermath. (I usually come down with something when I decompress post-festival and get back to the working week, and this year has been no exception.) There have now been seven TCMFFs since its inaugural run in 2010. I’ve been lucky enough to attend them all, and this time around I saw more movies than I ever have before—18 features zipping from auditorium to queue and back to auditorium like a gerbil in a tube maze. In order to make sure I got in to see everything I wanted to see, I had to make sure I was
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Walter Murch Talks the Subtleties of Editing Systems, the Myth of Shot Length, and Visual Sensitivity

I’ve spoken to many people in my time, but few (if any) have the same credentials as Walter Murch, whose résumé would be amazing if it was only for the collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola: editing and / or audio work on all three Godfather films and The Conversation, truly groundbreaking sound design on Apocalypse Now, editing the terribly ignored Youth Without Youth and Tetro — even being around for the early days of The Rain People and lesser-seen oddities such as Captain Eo. But that’s not the half of it, really, since he’s also been instrumental in proving how consumer-grade editing software can be as effective as high-end systems. And then there’s the work that helped George Lucas getting his career started. And the cult sensation that is his only directorial effort, Return to Oz. Or his book, In the Blink of an Eye, which is
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The Perils of Passion Projects

Christopher Nolan recently announced a new project entitled Quay, a documentary short about two British stop-motion animators. Set to premiere next week, it’s a far cry from Nolan’s blockbusters in both scope and subject matter. Yet it’s clearly a personal project, with Nolan using his clout and money to promote two obscure filmmakers.

Every artist – director, star, screenwriter – has some project that they want to make above all. A deeply personal, original idea; an autobiographical story; a favored story or hero they wish to celebrate. If a filmmaker is successful or lucky enough, they get a chance to produce them. Yet sometimes the reaction isn’t what they expect.

Francis Ford Coppola started his career directing exploitation films for Roger Corman, notably the horror film Dementia 13 (1963). Then he toiled as screenwriter and occasional director, helming the musical Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and the more personal The Rain People
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Take a 'Walk Among the Tombstones' with Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Take a 'Walk Among the Tombstones' with Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr.
For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., "A Walk Among the Tombstones," now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they decided to go for a '70s gritty, de-saturated look, recalling "The French Connection" and "The Parallax View." But adding to the paranoia is the fact that it takes place during the Y2K craze in 1999. In fact, one of the serial killers even points out the irony of people being afraid of the wrong things, which is how he and his partner are able to take their victims totally by surprise. What interested the Romanian cinematographer, who learned his craft collaborating with Francis Ford Coppola ("Tetro," "Youth Without Youth") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master"), was trying to capture New York (Brooklyn, Hell’s Kitchen, Red Hook,...
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One From the Heart to Francis Ford Coppola

Glenn here. As Jason already established, today is Francis Ford Coppola's 75th birthday today. Talia's brother, Sofia and Roman's dad, Nicolas and Jason's uncle, and Gia's grandfather presides over a clearly very talented family that keep kicking artistic goals. We're only four months into this new year and Sofia has (apparently) been hired for her first big studio film, Jason Schwartzman has appeared on screen in indie box office hit The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Gia's directorial debut, Palo Alto, is about to hit cinema screens. What's Frances up to? Well the five-time Oscar winner is laying low it seems after none of his ultra-arty projects - Twixt, Youth Without Youth, Tetro - took off the way he likely expected his artistic return to.

It's then a perfect opportunity to dig a bit deeper into his extensive filmography and find something you've never seen. I know
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2013 MuchMusic Nominations: Taylor Swift Vs. Harry Styles & More

The nominations for Canada’s biggest music awards show are out, and we’ve got some fierce rivalries on our hands! Who will come out on top — T-Swift or 1D? Or, will Taylor’s newest enemy Justin Bieber defeat her at the MuchMusic Video Awards? Keep reading to see all the stars who got nominated!

As much as a diss song or a revenge dress by Taylor Swift can cut ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, there’s one word that can truly bring him to his knees — “scoreboard.” Taylor totally bested One Direction at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, now she has a chance to keep the streak up and put more points on the board, so to speak, at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards when they face off for Fave International Artist or Group. The ceremony will take place on June 16, find out who Taylor and 1D will be up against (besides each
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Francis Ford Coppola Returns to Italian-American Family Dramas With New Film

Hey, it certainly sounds better than Twixt. THR reports that Francis Ford Coppola is readying a new feature that should appeal to more of his traditional fanbase. The film is currently untitled, but the outlet reports that it “will chronicle an Italian-American family and span from the 1930s to the 1960s.” The project is also described as “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens.” While details are obviously slim as of now, The Wrap’s Jeff Snider also tweeted today that “Dance will be a key element in the new Francis Ford Coppola movie. That’s all, folks.” So that’s…something. Oh, is this going to be a new Dirty Dancing? Is that it? Coppola is currently writing the screenplay himself, and while the project has no firm studio commitments (despite having offices on the Paramount lot), a pair of casting directors have already been brought on (Courtney Bright and
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Francis Ford Coppola To Direct Another Italian-American Saga

This one won’t have gangsters. Probably won’t have gangsters. Actually, there’s a higher probability of gangsters than anything else. Anyways, if you’ve forgotten who Francis Ford Coppola is (other than the father of Sofia Coppola), he’s that guy that directed a few small movies under the banner of The Godfather? Yeah? Ok, so we’re all on the same page. Well, he’s planning on directing another saga about an Italian-American family that will not involve Al Pacino killing people in Italian restaurants.

Coppola is reportedly working on a screenplay that will play as a coming-of-age story about a boy and girl in their late teens. Paramount is providing office space, but little else, with no current plans to bankroll or distribute the movie once it gets made. If it gets made.

Forgive me for being skeptical. Coppola has had a bit of tough time
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Francis Ford Coppola is Developing a Period Italian Family Drama

After tackling the Italian family drama that unfolded from The Godfather trilogy, director Francis Ford Coppola will again chronicle the Italian-American life experience for a new untitled film with a story unfolding between the 1930s and the 1960s. THR reports Coppola is currently writing the film, for himself to direct, about a boy and a girl in their late teens. There aren't anymore details than that, but it's said to be a coming-of-age story. As of now the project isn't set up at a studio, so there's no financing or distribution deals in place, but Coppola could always go the indie route like he did with his last self-financed film Twixt. Of course, Twixt never really took off as an intriguing piece of filmmaking, and this sounds much more accessible and commercial, especially coming from the director of The Godfather. Though Coppola's films as of late have been much more low key,
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Francis Ford Coppola Directing New Italian-American Saga

Francis Ford Coppola is returning to his “Godfather” roots No, the legendary director isn't making a sequel or prequel or reboot. But he will be writing and directing a new, decades-spanning Italian-American saga. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens” and will be set from the 1930s through the 1960s. Since “The Godfather” series ended in 1990 with the poorly-reviewed third film, Coppola has directed but rarely. He helmed “Bram Stoker's Dracula” with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in 1992, then worked with Robin Williams in the critically-reviled “Jack.” His last big movie was 1997's “The Rainmaker,” based on the book by John Grisham. In the last decade, Coppola has stuck to the arthouse world, making indie movies “Youth Without Youth,” “Tetro,” and “Twixt.” Perhaps the Coppola patriarch was inspired to keep up with his two surviving children,
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Francis Ford Coppola Planning to Direct New Italian-American Saga; Will Span from 1930s to 1960s

Francis Ford Coppola was one of the biggest filmmakers of the 1970s, but over the following decades, his stock began to decline.  After a 10-year absence following The Rainmaker, Coppola returned with micro-budget, seriously art-house pictures that struggled to find distribution.  His latest picture, Twixt, had ambitious plans including a tour that would feature live-editing of the picture, but ended up only played at film festivals and has yet to see an American release.  But now Coppola plans to return to the genre that catapulted him to stardom with The Godfather.  According to THR, Coppola is planning to direct an Italian-American family drama that will span from the 1930s to the 1960s.  The filmmaker is working on the screenplay, "which is described as a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens."  The production has offices set up at Paramount (home of The Godfather), but
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Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt' Finally Coming To Blu-Ray & DVD In The U.S.

After a long, long absence from filmmaking, legendary "The Godfather" helmer Francis Ford Coppola resurfaced a few years back with some of his most impressive works since the early 1980s. We didn't wholeheartedly adore either "Youth Without Youth" or "Tetro," but there was still much to admire, and furthermore, they felt like Coppola had returned to filmmaking with the vigor and energy of a young man, suggesting much more to come. His next film, "Twixt," continued that approach; an experimental, partly 3D horror film starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning, which Coppola planned to take on the road, remixing the film live with an iPad. It was an impressively forward-thinking approach for the veteran filmmaker, even if, according to most of the reviews, including our own, it worked better in theory than in practice. The film never had a real release, though it did pop up on one screen on the West Coast in August,
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Exclusive: Roman Coppola Talks Charles Swan, Breakups, And Wes Anderson

I had the pleasure a few weeks ago of chatting with Roman Coppola, writer/director of the irritatingly titled A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III. This is the first feature from Coppola sitting in the director's chair since 2001's Cq, but he's certainly kept busy, working on the second unit on family productions -- his sister's Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, his father's Tetro and Youth Without Youth -- as well as helping write and second unit direct more than one project with Wes Anderson. It's Anderson's quirky style that is most hearkened by this film, yet, as I mentioned in my review, it lacks the kind of coherence and sense of satisfaction one gets from Anderson's playful pieces. Still, there's a...

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Francis Ford Coppola Has a Big Secret Studio Film for Next Project

After his most recent film Twixt was met with some confusion at Comic-Con and received a festival run this past year, Francis Ford Coppola has been pretty quiet. Thankfully, EW recently caught up with the iconic filmmaker behind The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now and more as a box set of five of his films is being release on Blu-Ray. Aside from looking back on those films and discussing this new release, the question was posed to the filmmaker what his next project would be. Is Coppola working on more small budget indie films like Tetro and Youth Without Youth? Actually, he's getting back to big films. Coppola divulged only a few details on this new mystery project saying: "I have a secret investor that has infinite money. I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film. I’ve been writing it.
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Francis Ford Coppola Quietly Working On An "Ambitious," Epic Studio Movie & Hopes To Start Casting Soon

You would you have to go back all the way to 1997's "The Rainmaker" to see Francis Ford Coppola's last fully fledged studio picture. Since then, the legendary director has been following his own muse, taking on ambitious if not always entirely successful features made outside of Hollywood, resulting in a trio of pictures: the fantasy "Youth Without Youth," the black-and-white sibling drama "Tetro" and the 3D horror "Twixt." Coppola has long talked about enjoying the freedom that comes with independence, but sometimes you need someone with big pockets to help bring certain stories to life, and it looks like the 73-year-old filmmaker is ready to deliver another big, epic picture. Coppola recently chatted with EW to talk about the new 5-film Blu-ray box set of his work that includes "Apocalypse Now," "Apocalypse Now Redux," "The Conversation," "Tetro" and "One From The Heart" (yeah,...
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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Looks for His Ship in New Clip From 'The Master' (Video)

Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Looks for His Ship in New Clip From 'The Master' (Video)
With Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" screening tonight at the Castro Theater in San Francisco (tickets can be purchased Here), The Weinstein Company has released another scene from the film to whet your appetite for the sure-to-be Oscar contender. Read More: The Trailer Test: 5 Indelible Images From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' In the scene, Joaquin Phoenix's disillusioned WWII vet Freddie Quell runs to two men on a dock, telling them that he's lost his ship. What this means, we don't know. All we can say is that the scene highlights the film's stunning cinematography courtesy of Mihai Malaimare Jr.  ("Youth Without Youth"), that will no doubt look glorious in 70mm at the showing tonight. After playing in Venice and Toronto, "The Master" opens on September 14.
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Coppola Talks “Twixt,” Success, Failure & The Future of Film

Coppola Talks “Twixt,” Success, Failure & The Future of Film
Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt," the third in a series of low-budget “personal” films he’s written, produced, and directed since the turn of the century (after “Youth Without Youth” and “Tetro”) has toured the film festival circuit – from Toronto in 2011 to San Francisco in 2012 – and was released in France in April, but a broad release remains elusive. To celebrate its exclusive run at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco, Coppola appeared for Q & As after two screenings on the first day of its engagement, which sold out as soon as they were announced. Coppola introduced the 4:45pm screening by saying that “Twixt” meant “betwixt dream and reality, success and failure, young and old…”. In his mid-sixties, he continued, he decided it was pointless to make films like those he did when he was young. He decided to make “student films,” with no resources...
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On The Rise '12: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens In Recent Years

Following our looks at actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors to watch in recent months, when the time came to put together a list of cinematographers (as we did two years ago), we went in with an open mind. But what was interesting is realizing, after the fact, that in an era where 35mm film is allegedly being phased out, that all five have done perhaps their most distinctive work on old-fashioned celluloid, rather than digital.

All have worked in digital of course, at least in the commercial world, and some have done hugely impressive work on new formats. But most of our five are fierce advocates for good 'ol 35mm, and it's another sign that the death knell shouldn't be rung for the old ways just yet. As long as there are talented DoPs like the ones below, and on the following pages, working closely with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson,
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Watch Metric's slow-motion parade in 'Youth Without Youth'

Metric's "Youth Without Youth" from brand new "Synthetica" is the sound of disenchantment and a riot to the sound of a Gary Glitter beat. The video is pretty contained, but has many of the same emotional elements. Lead singer Emily Haines and her bandmates are featured in shots in-between slow-motion of the old and young doing unexpected and unsettling things. For instance, stacking tires to knock them down? Stacking cakes on top of each other in the same manner? Both mischievous, both unexplained. It's a mystifying but visually interesting take on the song, which features an upbeat tempo opposite of the...
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