Though movie lovers are constantly hoping for one more epic triumph from Francis Ford Coppola, it sounds like the seventy-year-old maestro is done with the large canvas. "I feel like I'm doing what I wanted to do when I was 18," says Coppola of 2007's YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH and the forthcoming TETRO. "As a young man I had an old man's career; now maybe as an old man I can have a young man's career."
After THE GODFATHER saga, THE CONVERSATION, APOCALYPSE NOW and the unjustly maligned ONE FROM THE HEART, Coppola owes us nothing. He's earned the right to make small, personal movies that perhaps mean more to him than they ever could to a random audience member. Let's just hope that, with TETRO, he's concocted something a little more involving than the frustratingly inscrutable YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH.
What do you think? (And I highly recommend you check this trailer out in HD.)
Very pretty. I can't wait to see how he integrates those color ballet sequences into the film. And that car wreck that occurs midway through the trailer looks downright ferocious.
I'm sure the Vincent Gallo-Klaus Maria Brandauer dynamic is meant to mirror Coppola's relationship with his composer father, Carmine, but the director has been careful to note that this is nothing like an autobiography; rather, it's a fictional tale incorporating "memories and emotions from his early life" (I wish I had memories of fooling around with Maribel Verdu during my twenties). TETRO is also Coppola's first original screenplay since THE CONVERSATION. No pressure there.
TETRO will kick off Director's Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and will open in limited release in the U.S. on June 11th.