Francis Ford Coppola in the 1980s with Chris Horn

Francis Ford Coppola in the 1980s with Chris Horn
 
  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Free

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Let film historian Chris Horn take you through a key part of Francis Ford Coppola's career

Francis Ford Coppola is a familiar name to films fans the world over, yet his undoubted fame rests largely on the vaunted reputation of the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. By contrast, in the 1980s – the period between Apocalypse and the final Godfather picture – his films, if they are remembered at all, tend to be discussed in terms of their relationship to the director’s financial woes and his consequent need to keep working, or else simply as a series of artistic and commercial failures. While it is certainly true that Coppola’s money issues affected significantly his decision-making and available options, he was still able to direct seven feature films in the decade that allowed him varying degrees of creative freedom and, occasionally, even some measure of commercial success.

This talk takes a journey through Coppola’s filmmaking experiences in the 1980s, a difficult and eventful period that included the disastrous purchase of his very own Hollywood studio facility and the resultant highly innovative, but fatally expensive, One from the Heart; the ‘DIY’ experimental work, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, that provided a showcase for a whole generation of ‘Brat Pack’ stars of the future; and the soap opera production of The Cotton Club involving actual gangsters and a real-life murder enquiry.

Coppola’s practice of adapting his style on each project to suit the subject matter at hand might discourage a strictly auteurist approach to his work yet these films can be still seen to be expressions of their director’s singular approach to visual style, and of his desire to employ new technologies to expand the parameters of the artform. This is apparent not only in overtly experimental films like One from the Heart, Rumble Fish and Tucker: The Man and his Dream, but also in less personal projects like Peggy Sue Got Married and Gardens of Stone on which he was ostensibly just a director-for-hire.

About the speaker:

Chris Horn has been obsessed with the films of Francis Ford Coppola since he snuck in, underage, to see The Godfather Part II in 1975. Forty-plus years of cinephilia eventually led to late-life academic study that culminated, during lockdown in 2020, in the successful completion of a PhD in Film Studies. His doctoral research provided an alternative perspective on Hollywood filmmaking in the 1980s by examining the fortunes and films of the group of directors, ‘Hollywood Renaissance auteurs’, who emerged in the New Hollywood of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but whose careers are considered to have declined sharply in the subsequent decade. The project examined the challenges for auteurist filmmaking in a marketplace dominated by blockbusters and family friendly fare and focused particularly on Coppola, Robert Altman and William Friedkin.

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