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Francis Ford Coppola Quotes

Francis Ford Coppola
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Born: 7th April 1939, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Alma mater: Hofstra University and University of California, Los Angeles
  • Occupation: Movie director, producer and screenwriter
  • Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
  • Big break: The Godfather in 1972
  • Major awards: He won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1972 and 1974 for the first two Godfather movies, The Godfather II won him the Best Director and his 1970 movie Patton was awarded the best new screenplay
  • Trivia: His middle name was given to him in honour of Henry Ford after his musician father used to play on a Ford Motor company sponsored radio show

"There's nothing creative about living within your means"

Francis Ford Coppola

"I think cinema, movies and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made films were magicians"

Francis Ford Coppola

"If the movie works, nobody notices the mistakes... If the movie doesn't work, the only thing people notice are mistakes"

Francis Ford Coppola

"I bring to my life a certain amount of mess"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Time is the lens through which dreams are captured"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos"

Francis Ford Coppola

"A director is the ringmaster of a circus that's inventing itself"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Movies are the art form most like man's imagination"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most"

Francis Ford Coppola

"The essence of cinema is editing"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Work on nothing less than epic scale"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Death is what makes life an event"

Francis Ford Coppola

"I probably have genius. But no talent"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Cinema without risk is like having no sex and expecting to have a baby"

Francis Ford Coppola

"Art depends on luck and talent"

Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola Biography

Francis Ford Coppola first broke through into Hollywood in the late 1960's when his second movie Patton released in 1969 garnered him an Academy Award for best new screenplay with his co-writer Edmund H. North.

Coppola had emerged as part of the New Hollywood group of film makers including; George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg and they were all set to shake the industry with some epic productions in the decades to come. Following on from Patton, Coppola's next big movie was The Godfather in 1972 and for all the critical acclaim it has now received the studio were not happy during filming leading to tensions and Francis fearing he could be sacked.

He stuck to his guns on the cast and the way the movie was to be shot and the film went on to be an academy award winning blockbuster. This was the movie that gave Francis the platform to impress and he followed it up with The Godfather Part II which many critics claimed was even better as it cemented his position as one of the all time great movie directors.

His next big movie hit was Apocalypse Now released in 1979 but it suffered major delays during filming with industry insiders labelling it Apocalypse When. However, upon release it was critically acclaimed as one of the best movies ever made with Francis Ford Coppola himself being quoted as saying: "My movie is not about Vietnam... my movie is Vietnam".

There were many more notable films in the Coppola portfolio but none have ever reached the giddy heights of success achieved with his 1970"s blockbusters.

Coppola's big passion outside of the cinema is wine as he has become a renowned vintner owning his own winery.

As you would expect from one of all time great screenwriters and directors he was good for a one liner also so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Francis Ford Coppola quotes

Quotes About Francis Ford Coppola

Director and screenwriter John Milius said about him: "Francis is the best of us all. He has the most talent and the most daring"

Al Pacino said of him being cast by Coppola for The Godfather movie: "I must say, very lucky me, because he is a great man and he wanted me"

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