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Angry Italians can be Funny

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 1:24 AM

A brand new, and as far as I know first, trailer for Francis Ford Coppola's latest film. HIs last film, Youth Without Youth (and first film in 10 years) was met with mixed results and mixed reviews. This latest one, Tetro (which I think in Italian means "angry Italians yell at each other"), appears to be a little more return to that Coppola style. Character, dialogue and nice looking shots. The biggest questions, though, is the story. I really have no idea what it will be about, but it at least looks pretty.

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There's no denying that Coppola will go down as one of the greats. The Godfather films, Apocolypse Now, the always underrated The Coversation, and I even liked Dracula. Yet we can't deny he is rather inconsistant and has been for a while, combine this with his Kubrick-like release schedule and you're going to have people talking. The difference is Kubrick rarely missed a beat, Coppola hasn't made anything passable in over 15 years (and again, that's assuming you like Dracula and Keanu Reeves, not to mention Gary Oldman's butt-inspired hairdo, which if you didn't you'd have to go back to Tucker, and I still don't know what to think about that one).

He's always been sparadic, always trying new things and ideas in his films, so maybe a quirky, Italian comedy is right up his alley. I have hopes for it as it seems a good fit and subject for him. I don't think we can expect to recapture The Godfather, but just getting back and making enjoyable movies would be one hell of a step after decades of mediocrity.

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Reply toosmartforbond2
10:57 AM on July 13, 2009 
Looks like a worthy film. I did, indeed, enjoy Bram Stoker's Dracula. Obviously The Godfather Trilogy and Apocalypse Now are also brilliant.

I need to get some more obscure Coppola.