Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola


4/7/1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Francis Ford Coppola



Also Known As

Thomas Colchart, Francis Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola was born on April 7, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. However, he grew up in a suburb in New York City. His father Carmine Coppola was a famous musician and composer while his mother was an actress. He got a degree in drama from Hofstra University.…more


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    • Francis Ford Coppola: You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: When I was about nine, I had polio, and people were very frightened for their children, so you tended to be isolated. I was paralyzed for a while, so I watched television.

    • Francis Ford Coppola:The stimulation you receive from hearing what so-and-so is writing, what they're doing; the admiration I had for these other filmmakers was self-empowering and stimulating for my own work.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought. I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm I had when I was doing shows at college.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: Life for me at age five and six was pretty wonderful and perfect. But then I went through that whole New York school system. I found them very frightening.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: It's ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn't even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.

    • Francis Ford Coppola:I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again.

    • 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. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.

    • Francis Ford Coppola: Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.

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    Francis Ford Coppola is an absolutely amazing directors that has directed some of the greatest films ever created in the history of cinema. While his more recent works are not as good as his past films, they are still definitely above par. With the release of "The Godfather" films, Coppola has created a brand new breed of wannabe directors who want to follow in his footsteps.