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

— Francis Ford Coppola

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An essential element of any art is risk.

If you don't take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn't been seen before?

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When I was about 9, 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.

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I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.

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Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.

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We were raised in an Italian-American household, although we didn't speak Italian in the house. We were very proud of being Italian, and had Italian music, ate Italian food.

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I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.

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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.

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My talent is that I just try and try and try and try again and little by little it comes to something.

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I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.

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Drinking wine is just a part of life, like eating food.

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One thing that I'm sure of is the real pleasure of life - it's not being known, it's not having your own jet plane, it's not having a mansion the pleasure is to learn something

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Although knowledge of structure is helpful, real creativity comes from leaps of faith in which you jump to something illogical. But those leaps form the memorable moments in movies and plays.

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About Francis Ford Coppola

Quotes 97 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

Movies are the art form most like man's imagination.

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I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.

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A director is the ringmaster of a circus that's inventing itself.

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I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9.

I always wanted to be a guard. The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard. When I got polio and then went back to school, they made me a guard. A teacher took away my guard button.

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Art depends on luck and talent.

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A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.

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Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature.

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There can't be art without risk. It's like saying No Sex, and then expecting there to be children.

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I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.

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They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family.

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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.

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Time is the lens through which dreams are captured.

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When I do a novel, I don't really use the script, I use the book;

when I did Apocalypse Now, I used Heart of Darkness. Novels usually have so much rich material.

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Most directors have one masterpiece by which they are known. Kurosawa has at least eight or nine.

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Whom God wishes to destroy, He first makes successful in show business.

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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.

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I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.

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I had a number of very strong personalities in my family.

My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.

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I gladly, I voluntarily gave up the kind of commercial film career I had going as soon as I had enough money to finance my own films. I didn't make that money necessarily from the film business, but I eventually made a lot of money and that's what I do. Of course, I consider myself unbelievably fortunate, and I'm pretty content with my life.

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Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic.

There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.

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I have always credited the writer of the original material above the title: Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Bram Stoker's Dracula, or John Grisham's The Rainmaker. I felt that I didn't have the right to Francis Coppola's anything unless I had written the story and the screenplay.

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If you're not allowed to experiment anymore for fear of being considered self-indulgent or pretentious or what have you, then everyone's going to just stick to the rules - there's not going to be any additional ideas.

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I always found the film world unpleasant. It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me.

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My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.

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Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein, I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film, so impressed with what cinema could do.

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I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.

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In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales.

I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales, all the classic fairy tales.

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Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up.

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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.

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When I was going for my graduate degree, I decided I was going to make a feature film as my thesis. That's what I was famous for-that I had my thesis film be a feature film, which was 'You're a Big Boy Now.'

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The things you get fired for when you’re young are the same things that you get lifetime achievement awards for when you’re old.

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The great hope is that people who wouldn't normally make films will be making them. Suddenly, one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart and make a beautiful film with her father's camera and for once the so called professionalism about movies will be destroyed forever - and it will really become an art form.

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I bring to my life a certain amount of mess.

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I've been failing for, like, ten or eleven years.

When it turns, it'll turn. Right now I'm just trying to squeeze through a very tight financial period, get the movie out, and put my things in order.

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I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.

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Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him, but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity. So it was kind of a fair deal.

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I was never sloppy with other people's money. Only my own. Because I figure, well, you can be.

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