By (author) Peter Cowie
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Coppola by Peter Cowie
Book DescriptionBy 1982 Francis Ford Coppola had won five Academy Awards; at the same time he was over $20 million in debt following the disastrous failure of One from the Heart. This astute biography critically examines Coppola's singular vision and why it makes such paradoxes not only possible but prevalent in his long turbulent career. At the age of 32 Coppola became a superstar in Hollywood with The Godfather, which rapidly climbed to the top of the all-time box-office hits. Two years later he won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes festival for The Conversation. His savage epic of the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Now, established him as the most daring, brilliant filmmaker of his generation. This book not only goes behind the cameras to track the creative and financial turmoil involved in his productions, but offers perceptive analyses of his films, including all three parts of The Godfather and the visually stunning remake of Dracula. Based on three years of research and exclusive interviews with the subject, Coppola illuminates the director's rise to prominence, his personal tragedies, intermittent failures, and resurgent successes with telling insights into the shaping of his artistic sensibility. This is a spirited, penetrating study of a man whose films have a strange way of mirroring his own sometimes tempestuous life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306805981
(210mm x 136mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Cowie
Coppola, Hardback (July 2013)
More than any other director, Francis Coppola exemplifies the drive and invention of modern American cinema. Acclaimed since his first Godfather movie in 1972, he went on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes for The Conversation. In this biography, he reflects on his much-cherished independence, as well as on the state of modern cinema.
Godfather Treasures, Hardback (October 2012)
How to explain the enduring appeal of "The Godfather", and its two sequels? This book focuses on the elements that combined, against all odds, to make it successful when it appeared in 1972: the screenplay from Mario Puzo's novel; the vivid locations in New York and Sicily; and the inspired direction of Francis Ford Coppola.
Joan Crawford, Hardback (June 2011)
Focusing on the often overlooked first half of her career, this is the first visual book to reclaim her place in the canon of glamour
Projections, Paperback (February 2008)» View all books by Peter Cowie
The European Film Academy was founded in 1988 as a cinematic brotherhood that would bring together film-makers from across the East-West divide. This title features articles and interviews with leading directors, writers, producers, actors, cinematographers, critics, directors of festivals and cinema institutions.
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Author Biography - Peter Cowie
Peter Cowie is founding editor of the annual International Film Guide and author of The Cinema of Orson Welles (available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group) and Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography. He is now senior international advisor to the publication and lives in London.
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