May 14, 2007
Coppola in Miami.Francis Ford Coppola was in Miami last night talking about, among other things, Youth Without Youth, which will see its official premiere at the RomeFilmFest. Peter Nellhaus reports on the event presented by the Miami Beach Cinematheque and the Miami Beach Film Society. Coda: Thirty Years Later has been making the rounds with Francis Ford Coppola in attendance. Unlike some of the other screenings at college campuses, Sunday's night presentation was at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, once a movie theater, now restored and filled last night primarily, as Coppola requested, with students. Coppola introduced Coda by explaining that it is an informal sequel to Hearts of Darkness, the documentary about his making Apocalypse Now that was shot primarily by his wife, Eleanor. Coda is partially about Coppola filming Youth Without Youth, and both the doc and the feature were financed by Coppola himself in order to guarantee artistic control. The prime difference between Hearts and Coda is that Apocalypse Now was filmed in desperate circumstances, while Coppola's profitable wine business now allows for him to return to filmmaking on his own terms. Coda begins with footage from Hearts, with Coppola and the crew gathering together for the good luck chant at the beginning of what would become an arduous adventure. The ritual is repeated with the crew of Youth Without Youth. Most of Coda was shot in the fall of 2005 in Romania. Coppola is seen discussing the meaning of consciousness with himself, or more precisely, two versions of himself. That part is made more clear in a scene from Youth Without Youth with two versions of Tim Roth on screen representing two points of view. Roth himself seems to be of two minds regarding working with Coppola. At one point he declares that every day is Friday, meaning that each day he feels that he's put in a week's worth of work. Later he admits how happy he is working on the film.
Posted by dwhudson at May 14, 2007 5:31 AM