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1. Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's
2. Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews
3. Francis Ford Coppola: Close Up:
4. The Godfather: An Unofficial look
5. Francis Ford Coppola (Masters
6. The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia
7. Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope:
8. Godfather: The Intimate Francis
9. The Wine-Tasting Class, the Wine-Tasting
10. Zoetrope: All-story (Methuen literature)
13. Francis Ford Coppola: A Film-maker's
14. Coppola and Eiko on Bram Stoker's
15. The Cotton Club (St Martin's Original
16. Underground: Travels on the Global
17. Zoetrope. Film und Fiktion.
18. Francis Ford Coppola
19. Video Games Based on Films Directed
20. Francis Ford Coppola (Signo E

1. Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life
by Michael Schumacher
Paperback: 544 Pages (2001-06-26)
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Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker’s Life is the first complete picture of the internationally renowned and controversial cinematic genius who directed such films as the Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, and dozens more -- some wildly successful, some utterly disastrous. He is Hollywood’s perennial outsider, admired and respected for his courage and individualism, but still criticized for being a gambler in a business where success is measured by box-office receipts.

Michael Schumacher tells the entire history of this masterful filmmaker. Coppola reveals for the first time:
*The whole story of his early years, including his “skin flick,” his slasher movie, and his years with Roger Corman.
* The reason behind the most controversial casting decision of his career: putting his daughter, Sofia, in The
Godfather, Part III.
* The impact of the loss of his son, Gio, on his work and his life.

With unprecedented access to Coppola’s friends, critics, peers, casts, and crews, Schumacher creates an irresistible read, showing all the aspects of one of the most complex, conflicted filmmakers of our time.

Amazon.com Review
The terrible fact about Francis Ford Coppola's career is that it will always be divided evenly in half, down a line called Apocalypse Now. Before that film is prodigious promise--an Academy Award for writing Patton, two uncannily fine Godfather movies, and the Antonioni-esque smallness of The Conversation. After, there is telescoping debt, talk of reinventing the studios, and multiple, hollow exercises in style. If that's a tough assessment, it's one borne out by this thick, fair biography. The author, Michael Schumacher, who has previously published books on Allen Ginsberg and Eric Clapton, makes much of Coppola's boyhood spell of polio, from which he emerged miraculously healthy and movie-mad. He orchestrated his life thereafter with a consequent mania, as though making up for lost time. While still in film school, he sold screenplays and made Z-budget drive-in movies for Roger Corman. In two years, he wrote 12 scripts for 7 Arts, and in the mid-1960s started a family, made You're a Big Boy Now and Finian's Rainbow, pushed George Lucas to write THX1138, founded American Zoetrope, and took a job, purely for the money, directing The Godfather. The chapters on Apocalypse Now are the book's highlights, and without saying as much they explain the spent quality at the core of Coppola's films in the next two decades. After hurricanes in Manila, Marlon Brando, and the ungodly beauty of those helicopters at dawn, whose career wouldn't wing straight to twilight? --Lyall Bush ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Story about a living legend
I'm an aspiring screenwriter with no credits.If your like me, your shot at the big time is with Francis Coppola.Get this book and and send your screenplay to the Zoetrope Screenplay Contest.Final deadline is 2 August 2010.Francis Coppola is the final judge.
See you at the Oscars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Francis Ford Coppola: Hollywood Godfather of Creative Genius
Francis Ford Coppola was born in a great year for the movies!
In 1939 the director was born to Carmen Coppola and his wife
Italia. His parents were creative-Carmen was a musician in the
Detroit Symphony and later in the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. Carmen would later win a musical
Oscar for the Godfather films.
Francis was a younger son to his older brother who was everything Francis wasn't: handsome and well liked at school.
His sister Talia Shire would later be a movie star in his own
films most notably the Godfather classics.
Coppola graduated from Hofstra and received a master's degree
in film from the UCLA film school. His early apprenticship in
film was under the tutelage of famed B director Roger Corman.
Coppolla emerged from nudie films and small pictures to direct
"Finigan's Rainbow" and began to emerge as a talented maverick
whose creative/artistic wings were flying in the early 1970s.
Despite arduous business and creative troubles he won fame and fortune and several Oscars for the Godfather films. His most
controversial film was "Apocalypse Now" his take on the Vietnam
conflict based on Joseph Conrad's novella "The Heart of Darkness."
Coppola's career has more ups and downs than a roller coaster
as he founded Zoetrope Films in San Francisco and went to the
mat in countless donybrook battles with studio executives.
Coppola reminds me of Orson Welles in that he achieved fame early and then had a difficult career in tinsel town. He is a
man of massive ego; intelligence; daring and creative attention
to the details/minutia of film. He was unfaithful to his wife
Ellie; grieved over a son yet emerges from this biography as a
flawed but good man.He is gregarious and honest and a good
friend. His friendship assisted George Lucas in launching his
storied career! I like Coppola's rich textured films. His screenwriting from Patton to his latest project is outstanding.
This meticulous account of Coppola's career in the Hollywood jungle will not appeal to everyone. Countless pages are devoted to business deals, legal disputes and the difficulties encountered by Coppola in making his films.
For me who loves the Godfather and FFC this is a fine book.
Anyone who seeks to explore this brilliant man's career would do
well to begin with Schumacher's fine biograpy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse When
I thought this biography was detailed mostly around this film. On page 262, first paragraph, I think Mr. Coppola would agree to mention the fact that "The Chief Phillips" made a life last attempt to end Willardafter getting speared on the boat by Kurtz's mongrules. Overall, the bookwas a manificant biography of a Itailian-American filmmaker of our time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A TOTAL mystery...
...and I hope he stays that way.Francis Ford Coppola is one of the inspirations of my life.His energy and enthusiasm for what he does outshines even the projects many might deride.One thing you have to sayis at LEAST he puts his all into what he does, and I'd imagine no one woulddoubt this.PS:WHEN is the UNCUT version of "One From theHeart" going to be issued on DVD?

5-0 out of 5 stars Schumacher got it right
I work for Francis Coppola today and know him pretty well. Michael Schumacher's book really captures the spirit and energy of this facinating and complex man. I have read most of the other Coppola books and nonecombines an understanding for both the human and artistic side ofFrancis.

This book, like no other I have read, reflects the passion,energy and chaos of the Coppola world. I can tell you from the inside thereis no more exciting experience than being part of the Coppola energy.Francis loves to tackle the "impossible" and never gives up. Iparticularly like this book because it is clear that the author, likemyself, has great respect for this whirlwind of a man. ... Read more

2. Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)
Paperback: 190 Pages (2004-09-20)
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Of all the American filmmakers who emerged from the 1970s, Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939) may be the one most passionately revered by both critics and mainstream audiences.

The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II are landmark epics whose shots and dialogue sequences have become wholly absorbed by popular culture. Apocalypse Now, his visionary reworking of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, remains an enduring and controversial template for all future films about the Vietnam War.

Coppola's films featured pivotal roles for such actors as Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Gene Hackman, and Harrison Ford and cemented the reputations of Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. His production company, American Zoetrope, helped to launch the careers of directors George Lucas, John Milius, and Carroll Ballard.

Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews shows Coppola to be both an intensely personal auteur and a studio-savvy Hollywood player. From the beginning of his career to the present, these conversations reveal him to be brash, candid, sensitive, and willing to engage in heated debate. He reiterates his desire to change the Hollywood system from within and talks openly about the creation of his independent film production company. Featuring interviews conducted by film critics Michael Sragow and Gene D. Phillips and the New Yorker's Lillian Ross, among others, the volume shows how Coppola has evolved from hotshot film maverick to elder statesman of American cinema.

Gene D. Phillips, S.J., is a professor of English and film history at Loyola University, Chicago. He is the author of several books on film, including Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola, and is the editor of Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi).

Rodney Hill is a doctoral candidate in theater and film at the University of Kansas, and his work has been published in such periodicals as Literature/Film Quarterly and Post Script. He cowrote with Gene D. Phillips The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Coppola interviews
Absolutely first-class work; fascinating to those who wonder what makes a great director tick--and what ticks him off. Nicely bound with generous margins. Prompt shipment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great staggered picture of a genious
This book offers an interesting insight of FFC over the span of an entire career. ... Read more

3. Francis Ford Coppola: Close Up: The Making of His Movies (Close-Up Series)
by Ronald Bergan
 Paperback: 144 Pages (1998-08-24)
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Francis Ford Coppola's 40-year career has been an exciting roller-coaster ride, veering between mammoth hits and mammoth disasters. This book shows how the director of THE GODFATHER and APOCALYPSE NOW has always taken risks and explored the extremes of filmmaking. 15 color and 15 b&w photos. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good examination of an exemplary career
I first encountered the "Close-up" series while visiting London last year. I snatched up every title I could find. These short examinations of filmaker's lives are just the right length and breadth. For those whoalready are familiar with the director you'll find new insight, and forthose uninformed, a detailed look at each film, and the harrowing journeyto make it, is enlightening. With Coppola, his journey spans many decadesand is thoroughly fascinating. You'll find the struggles and tribulationshe faced, along with some quirky personality traits best left to thereader. Overall, a good read. ... Read more

4. The Godfather: An Unofficial look at Francis Ford Coppola's American Classics
by Tony Nourmand
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SynopsisThe Godfather Parts I, II and III are among the best-loved - and most highly acclaimed - movies in the history of cinema. Thanks to magnetic lead performances from Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, award-winning scripts and stunning art direction, the trilogy won nine Oscars, and was nominated for no fewer than twenty-nine Academy Awards in all. Moving chronologically from Vito Corleone's childhood in Sicily to Michael's brutal ascension to power in the 1950s and his demise in the late 1970s, The Godfather: An Unofficial Look at Francis Ford Coppola's American Classics collects together for the first time a sumptuous array of posters, magazine covers, behind-the-scenes photographs and costume designs in one beautifully designed volume. The book also contains features on the role of the real Mafia in the making of the films, the trilogy's cast and crew, and the actors who almost made it. Anthony Quinn and Sir Laurence Olivier were both considered for the role of Don Corleone, for instance, while Robert Redford was a leading contender for the role of Michael. As elegantly realized and effortlessly cool as the movies it celebrates, this book is a real treasure-trove for all fans of the trilogy, a stunning visual tribute to the talent and creative vision behind Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece. ... Read more

5. Francis Ford Coppola (Masters of Cinema)
by Stéphane Delorme
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Francis Ford Coppola (USA, b. 1939) is the oldest of the generation of 'movie brats', including Scorsese and Spielberg, who breathed new life into the Hollywood of the 1970s. He revived the glory of the studio age with the legendary "Godfather" saga (1972-90), explored the soul of America at war in Vietnam with "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and has directed some of the greatest actors, including Brando, Pacino and De Niro. Having outgrown the role of director decreed by the major studios, he is now an independent producer and continues to direct films with undimmed brilliance ("Tetro", 2009). ... Read more

6. The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia
by James M. Welsh
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Francis Ford Coppola's career has spanned five decades, from low budget films he produced in the early 1960s to more personal films of recent years. Because of the tremendous popular success of The Godfather and the tremendous critical success of its sequel, Coppola is considered to be one of the best directors of all time.The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of Coppola's work_from his early days with producer Roger Corman to his films as the director of the 1970s. This extensive reference contains material on all of the films Coppola has played a role in, from screenwriter to producer to director, including such classics as Patton, The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, and Apocalypse Now. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia the most comprehensive reference on this director's body of work. ... Read more

7. Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story 2
by Francis Ford Coppola
Paperback: 416 Pages (2003-06-01)
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The literary journal Zoetrope, founded in 1997 by film director Francis Ford Coppola, proved an instant and spectacular success with readers and critics nationwide. Its stories have garnered awards from such publications as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Award Prize Stories, and many more. And it won a National Magazine Award for fiction in 2001--the youngest magazine ever to do so.
A sequel to the successful first volume, this collection presents some of the best writing to have appeared in the magazine in the last two years, including stories and essays by Jennifer Egan, Pinckney Benedict, Peter Greenaway, Rick Moody, Francine Prose, and Toure, among others. In addition, two never-before-published stories commissioned exclusively for this volume appear here: one by Rick Bass and the other by Alicia Erian. The result is an exciting and vital collection, a must-have for readers of today's best writing.
Amazon.com Review
In his introduction to Zoetrope: All-Story, Francis Ford Coppolaexplains exactly what possessed him to start a literary magazine.Emphasizing what should be an obvious point--a good movie requires a goodstory--the acclaimed director laments the lowbrow sensibility of motion-picture studios, pointing out that "none of them that I know of devoteserious resources to the cultivation of literary work." Hollywoodhas a hallowed tradition of slapping together screenplays based on flimsypitches ("It's like Babe meets Angela's Ashes"). In contrast,Coppola has his own humble request for "good writing, good characters, andintriguing stories that spellbind us, but also teach us about life."

The collection opens with Sara Powers's captivating story about commitmentand doubt, in which a sporting couple agrees to experiment with selectivelying (at the rate of three falsehoods per conversation). Amy Bloom's "TheGates Are Closing" is a vivid, funny, and typically touching story about awoman having an affair with her synagogue president's ailing husband.Still, the most amusing tale--and the one that may resonate loudest withstruggling writers--is "Thinning the Herd." In Peter Lefcourt's comicfantasia, the narrator interviews one Warren David Warren (a.k.a. "Son ofShakespeare"), a self-proclaimed "revisionist literary Darwinian" whoslaughters authors whose work he finds abominable. Defending the murder ofa prolific bestselling scribe, Warren makes his case: "He kept spewing themout. Like rabbit turds. Who did he think he was--Trollope?" There may infact be a glut of writers. But within the boundaries of this collection, atleast, their stories are superb--and many of them would make great cinema. --Brangien Davis ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A little unexpected will do ya
I'm fond of the literary anthologies as I only can read in spurts. I picked up Zoetrope-All Story because I had enjoyed some of the other short stories published in the periodical that ended up in the O. Henry Award books. And this jem won't disappoint. Easy to read and quick to engage in until the very last story. I especially enjoyed Robert Olen Butler's "Fair Warning" and Amy Bloom's "The Gates Are Closing" will create an emotional thickening in your throat. Highly recommened if you are looking for good shorts that aren't obscure or over your head.

4-0 out of 5 stars A BELLYFUL OF GOOD WRITING
Tasty, tasty, tasty!

Say, you're hungry for a good read . . . zesty and a little different. . . nothing elaborate, but still a combination of different tastes and textures--like a smorgasbord. How about the collection in this edition of "Francis Ford Coppola's ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY"?

Are you familiar with what certain ethnic restaurants call "tapas"? They're essentially appetizers--small, exquisite dishes, good to nosh--though, if you order a number of them, they can add up to quite a varied and sumptuous meal. Think of this collection that way. Everything may not suit your particular taste, but certainly there are stories here to please your palate; perhaps altogether they'll satisfy you.

I can't make guarantees, yet. . .well, let me tell you what grabbed me. On the dry, witty side, I liked Melissa Bank's "The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing," a satire on certain kinds of self-help books, and Jon Billman's "Custer on Mondays," a wry salute to the last stand of an overage Peter Pan. On the other hand, the "gritty" side, I was really taken by George Makana Clark's bitterly poignant "The Leopard Gang," set in colonial southern Africa, and Chris Spain's urban adolescent fable of the concrete jungle, "Scaring the Baddest Animal." For dessert I'd suggest Tim Gautreaux' "Dancing with the One-Armed Gal" and Robert Olen Butler's "Fair Warning".

The two essays are the veritable appetizers of this collection: Salman Rushdie's narrative is a purely Anglo kind of 'Adventures in the Screen Trade.' David Mamet's short piece is almost typical Mamet pontification (as in his WRITING IN RESTAURANTS and THREE USES OF THE KNIFE): ". . .the summer film is an exhibition pure and simple...it is our state fair".

This presentation was a pleasant surprise. Thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars A more than worthy anthology
I'm already an ardent fan of Zoetrope All-Story magazine as it has more than aptly filled the void left by Story.I'm also a fan of other short story anthologies and this one deserves the place it stakes out along side the likes of the America's Best series.From humorous to the heart wrenching from authors as diverse as Rushdie, Bloom and Mamet, there's something for every reader here.Kudos to Mr. Coppola and his team at Zoetrope All-Story.I look forward to the next installment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reading
This is a collection of wonderful, poignant short stories.And I liked them all.That is rare in collections.That every single story stands out and shines.All of these stories did, in the telling and in the writing.Do yourself a favor and read them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Zoetrope
This book is perfect for those of us who are interested in the modern writers of today like Salman Rushdie and Olen Butler but do not have the time or energy to read their entire books, here we get a sample of theirwork which certainly wet my appetite.You don't need to have read themagazine before, in fact it's probably better that way, to love the book.This book shows that there will always be good books because people likeFrancis Ford Coppola are giving young brilliant writers a chance. If youbuy this book skip right to Amy Bloom's tragic story of loss and learningto live again, the cream of the crop. ... Read more

8. Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola
by Gene D. Phillips
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The visionary force behind such popular and critically acclaimed films as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather trilogy, Francis Ford Coppola has imprinted a distinct style on each of his movies and has significantly influenced modern American cinema. In an era of inflated production budgets and complex studio systems, it is rare for a director to gain creative control over all aspects of the filmmaking process—from screenwriting to editing to the coveted "final cut"—that the auteur commands. Francis Ford Coppola is unarguably one of the few modern American exceptions.

Recipient of the Director’s Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Coppola began his career at UCLA’s film school but was soon drawn to an apprenticeship under director Roger Corman, known as "king of the B movie." With Corman he gained practical experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process, particularly in how to manage a budget, a skill Coppola credits with being chosen to direct The Godfather even though Hollywood still considered him to be a young director.

Working as a screenwriter (crafting scripts for The Great Gatsby and Patton, for which he won an Academy Award), Coppola rejected the standard studio practice of hiring multiple writers to work on a single project. Accordingly, he formed his own production company, American Zoetrope, where he exercised complete control over the entire creative process. After founding the company, he began his directorial work in earnest, describing each film as a continuation of the previous one, despite the differences in subject matter.

Author Gene D. Phillips blends biography, studio history, and film criticism to provide the most comprehensive work available on Francis Ford Coppola. Phillips gained access to the reticent director and his colleagues and examined Coppola’s private production journals and screenplays. He reviewed rare copies of Coppola’s student films, his early excursions into soft-core pornography, and his less celebrated productions such as One from the Heart and Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Phillips also illuminates the details of the production history of the harrowing 238-day shoot of Apocalypse Now and explains how The Godfather was almost cast without the now iconic Marlon Brando.

The definitive assessment of one of Hollywood’s most enduring and misunderstood mavericks, Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola argues that Coppola has centered his career around engaging films that reflect his own radically independent artistic vision. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Apt Guide
It's a little confusing because Phillips decides to go out of chronological order whenever he feels that grouping films by theme or subject matter would allow him to get his points across better.Thus the three Godfather films are discussed back to back (to back), and even though this allows him a freedom to show the cross-connections among the different parts of the Godfather saga, I wonder if it doesn't screw up our understanding of the amazing ups and downs of Coppola's career.Otherwise it is an amazing read and will be the standard book on the director for some time to come.

It is a measure of the book's evenhandedness that, even when I disagree on Phillips' rankings of the different movies, I still respect his opinion.He rates THE RAIN PEOPLE and FINIAN'S RAINBOW considerably lower than I do, while heaping plaudits on top of BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA and Winona Ryder's performance.I was glad to see that Phillips has seen and likes RIP VAN WINKLE, the episode of that Shelley Duvall fairy tale TV series that Coppola directed at a low point (it was on RIP that Coppola first worked with Eiko Ishioka, the costume designer who later on made the fantastic DRACULA costumes so creepily memorable).

Spelling the "best film of the 90s" as GoodFellows is a little odd, but Phillips is an old school journeyman film writer, with lots of research under his belt, and a level head to boot.He makes us curious about all the footage said to have been cut by Warner from THE OUTSIDERS (1983) and how handy is it that from what I hear this footage has been restored by Coppola for the upcoming theatrical re-release and DVD of the film this fall!I wonder if we will ever see another version of THE COTTON CLUB too--or if Coppola will ever work again with Diane Lane, on whose behalf he labored so long, like John Hughes did for Molly Ringwald or, if it comes to that, as Josef Von Sternberg did for Marlene Dietrich.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a summery of a review I did for the Lexington Herald
You can read the full review at www.donmcnay.com

Coppola: godfather of filmmaking


By Reviewed By Don McNay

At first, I feared that Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola would be a stilted thesis. Instead, I found it to convey the research and knowledge of an esteemed academic in a book that is easy to read.
The research is certainly strong; author Gene Phillips, a professor of English at Loyola University of Chicago, knows his stuff. However, I am more impressed with the way the book flows. It covers Coppola's work with just the right amount of detail.
The book is biographical, but the focus is on Coppola's movies and how they were made. Phillips breaks the book into chronological chapters but also groups similar works together. He discusses all three chapters of the Godfather saga as a group, even though they stretch over a 20-year period, during which Coppola was making other movies.
Phillips is obviously a fan of Coppola, but the book comes across as dispassionate and even-handed. It takes us through Coppola's youth, his education at the UCLA film school, and his work for Roger Corman, the king of the B movies.
The book would be well worth the effort just to read Phillips' perspective on how Coppola turned Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather into a classic film trilogy. Coppola saw through some of the more graphic sex and violence in the novel and focused on the drama of the struggle of the family. Graphic scenes were certainly part of the movie, such as the famous horse-head-in-the-bed scene, but Coppola was able to weave the drama and story line of the book in the way that became a film classic.
Coppola was savaged by critics for casting his daughter, Sofia Coppola, in a critical role in Godfather III, and Phillips explains that she was a last-minute replacement after Winona Ryder became ill.
Phillips also examines Coppola's screenwriting, as well as his business dealings in Hollywood.
Coppola won an Oscar as the screenwriter for Patton, in which he captured the eccentric general in a way fans and critics could appreciate.
And while they were developing Apocalypse Now, Coppola and George Lucas, who had been very close, broke their friendship; Coppola finished the film that is now considered an American classic.
Coppola's skill as a director was not always matched by his skill as a businessman, and his money woes included bankruptcy. One of Coppola's low-budget successes was The Outsiders, a movie about teen alienation that helped launch the careers of Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze.
Phillips notes that the Coppola legacy has been passed to the next generation. Sofia Coppola won an Oscar this year for writing Lost in Translation and was nominated for best director for the same film.
A slight irritation is that Phillips injects himself into his book every 30 pages or so. In discussing Coppola's success in the wine business, Phillips writes "For myself, I chose a bottle of dark, dry Coppola claret." So?
But overall, Coppola's movies will be seen for generations to come, and the book Godfather is a good insight into those films and the man who made them.

Don McNay is president of McNay Settlement Group in Richmond and is a weekly business columnist for the Richmond Daily Register. Reach him at www.donmcnay.com. ... Read more

9. The Wine-Tasting Class, the Wine-Tasting Class Notebook: Expertise in 12 Tastings
by Judy Ridgway, Francis Ford Coppola
Hardcover: 121 Pages (1996-10)
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This distinctive slipcased package contains two separate books: one with 12 illustrated wine-tasting sessions and the other a notebook for recording the taster's personal reactions. A complete wine class in a box, this is the perfect gift for a budding oenophile! 120 full-color photos. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the nuances of wine
Looking for an introduction to wine?Looking for some ideas for get togethers with friends?Then this book and record binder are for you.Ridgeway provides a great overview to the different types of wine, and breaks down the lessons into 12 easy to follow installments that can benefit the beginner or the aficianado.

The only downside that I have experienced is that some of the lessons require a large number of different wines, and unless you have a relatively large number of people at your tasting, you may have a lot of leftover wine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taste the difference!
A group of friends used this book as a way to renew old acquaintances ... and we had a ball doing it!The lessons are non-threatening and very well compiled.You can get as fussy as you choose to be (although we started out with the best of "pretentions" we just had too much fun to keep it up.We're now on the 11th tasting and we can smell an oaked Chardonnay from a block away!The session on fruit flavors was especially interesting as was tasting the difference between French and California wines.Very informative, without the snobbery ... have fun with it! ... Read more

10. Zoetrope: All-story (Methuen literature)
by Francis Ford Coppala
Paperback: 368 Pages (2001-04-12)
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13. Francis Ford Coppola: A Film-maker's Life
by Michael Schumacher
Hardcover: 480 Pages (1999-11-17)

Isbn: 0747546789
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Written with the full co-operation of the director, this work charts the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola from his birth in 1939 to Italian-American parents, to his legal victory over Warner Bros in 1998 when he was awarded $60 million in damages. It provides an account of the genesis and making of all the films from "Patton" to "The Rainmaker" and beyond, via Godfather I, II and III, "Apocalypse Now" and "Dracula." The author has interviewed family members and numerous film colleagues, including George Lucas, James Caan, Fred Roos, Carroll Ballard, Mario Puzo, Kathleen Turner, Martin Sheen and Frederic Forrest. ... Read more

14. Coppola and Eiko on Bram Stoker's Dracula
by Francis Ford Coppola, Eiko Ishioka
Paperback: 96 Pages (1993-07)
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Asin: 0006382436
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Correction
Eiko is a woman, not a man

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book
It has full page color pictures of all the costumes from the movie and some of the original sketches.It also explains Eiko's inspiration for his Academy-Award winning costumes. ... Read more

15. The Cotton Club (St Martin's Original Screenplay Series)
by Francis Ford Coppola, William J. Kennedy
 Paperback: 118 Pages (1986-06)
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Asin: 0312170173
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16. Underground: Travels on the Global Metro
Hardcover: 128 Pages (1998-10-30)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$24.99
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Asin: 0893817538
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Candid pictures from subways in ten cities around the globe.

The Italian photojournalist Marco Pesaresi takes us on a wild underground
railroad ride, with photographs of subway commuters that cut across continents and cultures on what feels like one continuous line of tracks through New York, Tokyo, Calcutta, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Berlin, and Moscow.

The "getting there" is everything in these pictures: within the mundane grind of the daily commute, Pesaresi finds drama, local color, irony, and startling cultural differences. Straphangers wait for the train in bare feet in Calcutta; Muscovites scurry to earn a day's wages under the disapproving scowl of a leftover Lenin mural; a Milanese nun sits in solemn meditation amid the noise and haste of rush-hour transit. Across the globe, the images speed along as quickly as the trains themselves. In this tumble of tracks, engines, advertisements, and jostled riders, the subway becomes the great common denominator. The world turns, and millions of commuters mill about underground--waiting for the next station, the next daydream, the next distraction.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awareness...
Never a subway ride will be the same once you read, & have, this book. And the beauty lies in that you'll always come back to your book to enjoy further.

Aware...of everything that surrounds you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beatiful Portfolio of Street Photography in Color
I love the works of Pesaresi being shown in this book. Although a photojournalist, Pesaresi shows in this collection of photographs, that he is capable of creating works of art that are so incredibly personal and beautiful.

Street photography is a subject that mainly is portrayed in black and white. Pesaresi's depiction of the world of the underground transportation done in color photography is really something quite special. The usage of colors don't simply become a decoration to the photographs. Instead, they strengthen the athmosphere being captured in the photographs themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Shots from real life under the earth.
Very good work, is what everyone of us sees around and is not able to shoot. Every pic is a world of sensations, a description of the daily culture of the place. Pesaresi not only travels around the world, he getsinto private worlds in public places. ... Read more

17. Zoetrope. Film und Fiktion.
by Francis Ford Coppola, Nicola Barker, Melissa Bank, Philip Gourevitch
 Paperback: 416 Pages (2003-03-01)
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Asin: 3442761395
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18. Francis Ford Coppola
by Jean-Paul Chaillet, Elizabeth Vincent
 Paperback: 124 Pages (1985-12)
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Asin: 0312303173
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19. Video Games Based on Films Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (Study Guide): The Godfather Video Games, the Godfather Ii, the Godfather: the Game
Paperback: 38 Pages (2010-10-21)
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Asin: 1156348099
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This is nonfiction commentary.Chapters: The Godfather Video Games, the Godfather Ii, the Godfather: the Game, Aldo Trapani, Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Godfather, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 36. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Bram Stoker's Dracula is a video game released for the NES, SNES, Game Boy, Sega Master System, Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, MS-DOS and Amiga games consoles. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, each version of the game was essentially identical (except for the Sega CD and MS-DOS versions). A CD-ROM version for the MS-DOS PC was released in 1995. In the game the player takes on the role of Jonathan Harker. Throughout the levels, Abraham Van Helsing will help Jonathan in his quest by providing advanced weapons. With the exception of the MS-DOS version, the game is of the side-scrolling genre. In the game, Jonathan Harker fights Lucy Westenra as a vampiress, Count Dracula's three brides, Dracula's coach driver, Dracula's fire-breathing Dragon, Renfield and even Dracula himself and also in some different forms, such as him in his bat form, his young form and his evil wolf form. Levels in the game include the Romanian countryside, a rat-infested old village inn, Dracula's castle, Dracula's Dragon dungeon, Dracula's Misty Catacombs, various locations in London, Lucy's crypt, a graveyard and Carfax Abbey. ...http://booksllc.net/?id=2455364 ... Read more

20. Francis Ford Coppola (Signo E Imagen-Signo E Imagen. Cineastas) (Spanish Edition)
by Esteve Riambau
Paperback: 440 Pages (2008-05-27)
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Asin: 8437624703
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