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Francis Ford Coppola and Auteur Theory

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´╗┐James Telford ND Media Studies Year 2 Media Context Francis Ford Coppola and Auteur Theory Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 into an American Italian family in Detroit. Although he was born in Detroit, he spent most of his childhood living in a small neighbourhood on the outskirts of New York. His father, Carmine Coppola, was an incredibly talented composer and musician. And his mother was an actress. Francis took a degree in drama at Hofstra Univeristy and did graduate work in film making at UCLA. His first job was an assistant for director Roger Corman and worked on several of Corman?s productions. After the years went by, Coppola directed his first feature film at the age of twenty four. In 1963, The Haunted and the Hunted hit the screens, revealing a name that would soon to be one of the biggest in the history of film making. ...read more.


He contacted Puzo and began to co-write a screen play for a feature film. The Godfather is one of history?s greatest films and got Coppola a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Director. Unfortunately, Coppola lost the award to Bob Fosse for his film Cabaret. Although Coppola didn?t win Best Director, The Godfather was nominated for ten Oscars and walked away with three. These Academy Awards included; Best Picture, Best Lead Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. After working on the Godfather, Coppola directed his next film in 1974 The Conversation. The Conversation won a Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. In the same year, The Godfather?s sequel, The Godfather: Part Two was released and won Coppola six Academy Awards. ...read more.


An auteur would never let the industry influence their work. In 1954, an essay entitled A Certain Tendency in French Cinema was published by Francious Truffaunt. In this essay, he stated that ?film is a great medium for expressing the personal ideas of the director. ? He then suggested that some directors should be considered an auteur. Truffaunt even said; ?There are no good and bad movies, only good and bad director's.? Auteur theory suggests that a director can use filming equipment, the same way an artist uses a paint brush and a canvas. It's almost as if the equipment are the directors paint brushes and a tape is their canvas. A film theoretician named Andre Bazin, wrote a report telling us that; ?auteur theory is a way of choosing the personal factor in artistic creation as a standard of reference, and then assuming that it continues and even progresses from one film to the next.? ...read more.

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