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Exclusive: Coppola Talks Tetro
On his new personal film

23 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Francis Ford Coppola doesn't go for obvious choices. After all, you might expect the director of The Godfather films to spend the rest of his days reclining on a bed of laurels and/or remaking Carry On films for sacks of cash. But instead he's making 'personal' films ("We're not allowed to say arthouse anymore, because it's the kiss of death") like the forthcoming Tetro, which he told us a little about in the new issue of Empire.

"As I grow older, I realise that I always wanted to be a writer," said the director, who - sure enough - wrote the screenplay for this tale of a 17 year-old sailor called Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) who arrives in Buenos Aires in search of his lost brother Tetro (Vincent Gallo), a poet. When he finds him, the pair reflect on their troubled past with domineering composer father Carlo (Klaus Maria Brandauer).

"This is not an epic about immigrants in 1905, like The Godfather or anything. This is a real, specific drama, albeit poetic drama. I think Tetro is the most beautiful film I've ever done in terms of how it was made. I don't know what people will make of the picture, but just the filmmaking part of it, I've learnt to put it together beautifully."

The film will be out late this year, but to read more in the meantime - you guessed it - pick up a copy of the magazine, on sale now.


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RE: seriously...!
Whilst I'm glad that the Copp is trying to make proper films again, I have something of an aversion to Vincent Gallo. Still, will be interesting to see if he can recover some form. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 20:42 on 26 April 2009 | Report This Post

seriously...!
Two brothers reunite and chat about how bad their father was. Director of The Godfather or not, I don't think I've ever been so excited about a film before! More

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RE: Exclusive: Coppola Talks Tetro
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L: on a friday never said there was anything wrong with popcorn films. i just find it depressing that on a website dedicated to the appreciation of film that anyone could speak about the maker of the godfather films, apocalypse now and the conversation in such a disparaging way. And i suggest you check those films out cause none of em are depressing.       &n bsp;        &nb sp;      &n More

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RE: high brow vs low brow
never said there was anything wrong with popcorn films. i just find it depressing that on a website dedicated to the appreciation of film that anyone could speak about the maker of the godfather films, apocalypse now and the conversation in such a disparaging way. And i suggest you check those films out cause none of em are depressing.       &n bsp;        &nb sp;        and More

Posted by on a friday at 15:16 on 23 April 2009 | Report This Post

the new issuse!!!!!
how weird that Empire goes from one of the wrost (well, maybe not worst, but not as good as usual) issues to one that's gonna make me have a nerdgasim BETWEEN spermgasims! and that snob there, who cares if that other poster like Stephen Sommer films? there's nothing wrong with popcorn films at all. i mean, i'd rather go to the cinema to see an exciting film that some 3 hour fucking depresssathon! More

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ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... the wit on show there is truely extrodinary....yeah i care what with him having been responsible for 4 of the best films ever made. it certainly warrants more attention than a stephen sommers adaptation of a toy line....or maybe im being harsh and you just like under par brian de palma films More

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