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Friday, December 23, 2005

Finally-New Coppola (Francis) Film in Production


So the other day I'm in a meeting downtown, and it gets out about 11:30am--right before lunch...and lo and behold i'm in the neighborhood of Coppola's restaraunt in North Beach - Cafe Niebaum Coppola. Never been there, always wanted to.

I walk in, it's a tiny place, the wall crammed with pics - Coppola with Spike, Coppola with Brando, Coppola with Scorcese--you get the idea. I sit down at a small table near the bar, and order a delightful mussel-mixed green salad. The bartender (I'll call him Charlie) is a friendly sort--so I ask him if Francis actually eats in his own restaraunt

"Ohhhhhhhhh yeah. He loves the food...he loves food."
uh huh
"So, is this where he sits?" as I point to a roped off little booth with a huge Tati "Mon Uncle" poster over it.
"Oh yeah, thats were he sits with friends"
"Does he drink martini's" I ask.
"Nooooo, he luvs his wine, though, then after dinner, espresso, brandy, and a cigar...not necessarily in that order"..the bartender spoke with affection for his boss, you can tell. Francis may be a superstar, but he still connects with the regular joe.
"So whats his favorite wine?"
"Ahhhh, Francis likes the Claret, Diamond Collection"
Not missing a beat, I order up a glass.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, smooth as a babies behind. Damn. Part of the Cab family, and oh so oakey.
"mmmmmm nice"
"So I hear Francis makes more money off his wine than he does from film"
Flustered, Charlie corrects me, lest I make a wrong assumption:
"Francis is a filmmaker first, it's in his blood. It's part of him. He's in Romania now shooting YOUTH, small, low budget, with Bruno Ganz"

"Cool - finally"..........

From Variety:

Francis Ford Coppola will finance and direct Youth Without Youth starring Tim Roth (the bartender said Bruno Ganz).

In the movie, a professor's life changes after a cataclysmic incident during the dark years before WWII. Becoming a fugitive, he is pursued through far-flung locations including Romania, Switzerland, Malta and India. Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz and Marcel Iures will also star.

The story is based on the novella of the same name by Romanian author and intellectual Mircea Eliade. Coppola also wrote the screenplay and will produce through his American Zoetrope production company. Shooting is in progress in Bucharest.

Although he hasn't directed a movie in the 8 years (since 1997's The Rainmaker starring Matt Damon), in the interim Coppola has produced several movies of note -- and also a lot of wine through his Niebaum-Coppola Winery in Napa Valley, California.

A small Francis Coppola film....Sounds like a special treat, like that Claret...

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