Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola is a popular American filmmaker, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is most popular for his movies like ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Godfather Part II,’ and ‘Apocalypse Now.’ Coppola is known for his innovative creativity and artistic precision.
He started his filmmaking career when he was as yet an understudy at the ‘UCLA Film School.’ He made a couple of perceptible motion pictures before directing ‘The Godfather,’ the film with which he revolutionized the gangster genre film.
He was reluctant to direct a film like that as he would not like to ruin the image of Sicily, yet he took up the challenge and won several ‘Institute Awards’ for it. He then proceeded to make the Vietnam War-based film ‘Apocalypse Now’ and picked up recognition for it.
The glorious era of Coppola’s film-making career is considered to be the 70s. During the 80s and 90s, too numerous creative and commercial disappointments came his direction.
Apart from being a filmmaker, he is likewise an effective finance manager; he claims a winery, restaurant, lifestyle resorts, and so forth Coppola’s children Sofia and Roman are notable filmmakers in Hollywood.
Childhood and Early Life
Francis Ford Coppola was born on April 7, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, to Carmine and Italia Coppola. His father was a flute player with the ‘Detroit Symphony Orchestra.’ His father additionally worked as an arranger and assistant orchestra director for ‘The Ford Sunday Evening Hour.’
Coppola had polio in his early years, and he was bedridden for a decent part of his childhood. He was an average understudy in school yet was known for his high curiosity in science and technology.
He was trained to be a performer and turned into an expert in playing the tuba, which earned him a music scholarship to the ‘New York Military Academy.’ He did his major in theater arts at ‘Hofstra University’ in 1955.
Coppola got along admirably at the university. He established the film workshop at ‘Hofstra’ and likewise made contributions to their literary magazine. He won three ‘D.H. Lawrence Awards’ for his directorial ability at the university and graduated in 1959.
Francis Ford Coppola Career
Coppola entered the ‘UCLA Film School’ in 1960 and started experimenting with direction. Right after entering the organization, he directed ‘The Two Christophers,’ a short horror film, and ‘Tonight for Sure,’ a light satire.
In 1962, Roger Corman appointed Coppola as an assistant to re-alter a Russian science fiction called ‘Nebo Zovyot.’ With his abilities, Coppola turned the film into a sex-and-savagery monster film named ‘Battle Beyond the Sun.’
Corman was very happy with Coppola’s work and therefore kept offering him projects from 1962 to 1963. He worked as the exchange director for the film ‘Tower of London,’ sound man for ‘The Young Racers,’ and partner producer for ‘The Terror.’
On Corman’s demand, Coppola made ‘Dementia 13’ in 1963. He wrote the script of the film in one night and directed it in just nine days. The film turned into a religious hit among horror film fans.
Coppola was hired by ‘Seven Arts’ as a scriptwriter in 1965. The next year, he released ‘You’re a Big Boy Now,’ which was a ‘Warner Bros’ production. He likewise thought of his UCLA thesis project.
Francis Ford Coppola tasted mainstream accomplishments after the release of ‘The Rain People’ in 1969. The film was written, directed, and co-produced by Coppola. The film won the ‘Brilliant Shell’ at the 1969 ‘San Sebastian Film Festival.’
In 1970, Francis Ford Coppola wrote the script for the film ‘Patton’ alongside Edmund H. North. This film turned into a famous hit and won him a ‘Foundation Award’ for ‘Best Original Screenplay.’
He then concocted the most glorious film of his movie career, ‘The Godfather’ in 1972. He was not Paramount’s first choice to direct the movie and Francis Ford Coppola himself was hesitant in taking up the project, in any case, the movie earned him an ‘Oscar’ and two ‘Brilliant Globes.’
The year 1974 was an energizing one in Coppola’s movie career; he directed ‘The Conversation’ and won his first ‘Palme d’Or’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’ He additionally wrote the screenplay for ‘The Great Gatsby’ and directed ‘The Godfather Part II,’ which won him three ‘Oscars.’
Francis Ford Coppola proceeded to direct the 1979 epic war movie ‘Apocalypse Now,’ which won him numerous awards and turned into a masterpiece of the New Hollywood era. It is likewise perhaps the best film ever constructed on the ‘Vietnam War.’
The period from 1982 to 1983 was really a bad one for him the same number of his movies failed in the cinematic world. ‘One from the Heart’ left him bankrupt, while he was not credited properly for ‘Hammett.’ This was trailed by the failure of ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘Rumble Fish’ which influenced Coppola’s image to a degree.
During the 1980s, Coppola kept on making more films, yet couldn’t create similar wizardry as before. He directed ‘The Cotton Club,’ which fizzled in the cinematic world however increased critical approval. During this period, he additionally directed projects like ‘Captain EO’ and ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’
Francis Ford Coppola directed ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ in 1988, a film based on the life of the popular Preston Tucker. It was a refreshing change in his movie career as the film earned numerous prestigious award selections.
In 1989, he was one of the three directors to direct an anthology movie named ‘New York Stories.’ The movie is comprised of three short stories. While the second story ‘Life Without Zoë’ was directed by Coppola, the first and third were directed by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, respectively. Coppola wrote the script for ‘Life Without Zoë’ alongside his daughter.
In 1990, Francis Ford Coppola concocted ‘The Godfather Part III,’ which turned into a moderate achievement. Coppola cast his daughter Sofia in the film, which was designated for several awards.
Coppola’s next progress accompanied the adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula.’ Titled ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula,’ the film was a film industry achievement and turned into the ninth highest-grossing film of the year. It likewise won three ‘Institute Awards.’
In 1996, he made a film named ‘Jack’ with Robin Williams in the number one spot. Coppola was highly criticized for making the film as certain critics thought he was underusing his ability by making motion pictures like ‘Jack.’
Francis Ford Coppola made ‘The Rainmaker,’ an adaptation of John Grisham’s epic, in 1997. Starring Matt Damon and Danny DeVito, the film was critically acclaimed and additionally excelled in the cinema world.
After a hiatus of 10 years, he returned with ‘Youth Without Youth’ in 2007. It was based on Mircea Eliade’s novella of a similar name. The film failed in the cinema world and was a disappointment.
Francis Ford Coppola motion pictures like ‘Tetro’ (2009) and ‘Twixt’ (2011) neglected to impress the viewers just as the greater part of the critics.
Since 2015, Francis Ford Coppola has been working on a continuous experimental film project named ‘Distant Vision.’ Different versions of this experimental film have been aired to restricted crowds.
A portion of his highly acclaimed works is ‘The Godfather’ (1972), ‘The Godfather Part II’ (1974), and ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979). These motion pictures established Coppola as a famous filmmaker in the American entertainment world.
Awards and Achievements
Francis Ford Coppola has won five ‘Foundation Awards;’ ‘Best Writing’ for ‘Patton,’ ‘Best Writing’ for ‘The Godfather,’ and ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Director,’ and ‘Best Writing’ for ‘The Godfather Part II.’ He has additionally won five ‘Brilliant Globe’ awards.
He was additionally honored with the ‘Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award’ by the ‘Institute of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.’
Personal Life and Legacy
Francis Ford Coppola got married to Eleanor Neil after gathering her on the arrangements of ‘Dementia 13’ in 1963. The couple has three children: Gian-Carlo, Roman, and Sofia. Gian-Carlo passed on in a car crash at an early age.
This Academy Award-winning director is celebrated for projecting the members of his family in little roles in his motion pictures.