Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. In Kyoto, there's an inn called the Tawaraya which is quite extraordinary. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It's the travel experience that has moved me the most.

— Roman Coppola

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I am very much a person who appreciates perennial things.

Things like a Lacoste shirt, a Clarks desert boot, Persol sunglasses and Vans shoes that have been the same forever. There are certain things that once you find it, you like it and it's done. I like Italian clothing, like suits from Battistoni and I have a shirt by Piero Albertelli.

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The director is the ultimate creative arbiter of what's going to happen.

And as a director myself, you really appreciate collaborating with people who are trying to help you find what you need and what you want.

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I've been enjoying 'Life on the Mississippi' by Mark Twain that I picked up at the airport randomly. It's very witty and interesting to read about his time as a steamboat pilot.

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I'm a curious person. I pursue things based on what sparks my interest. I'm not thinking about what role I play. I don't have to be a movie director or this or that. I just want to be part of projects and places that are of interest to me.

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Sometimes in writing you have difficult periods and then other times it just flows.

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Film is like eating to me. It feels completely natural.

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I grew up in San Francisco and moved to L.

A. about 20 years ago, and now my main home is in Hollywood.

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When I'm in London, Claridge's is a great favourite.

I'm a big fan of art deco architecture and the rooms are extraordinary.

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Recently, I was in Bernalda, my dad's ancestral home town in Italy.

He has just refurbished a palazzo and turned it into a hotel, so we had my sister's wedding there. It was beautiful.

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On Darjeeling, I was on set every day and I acted as the second unit director and a producer on that film. I was there throughout the whole process. On Moonrise Kingdom, I showed up for one day.

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The more you travel, the better you get at it.

It sounds silly, but with experience you learn how to pack the right way. I remember one of my first trips abroad, travelling around Europe by rail, fresh out of high school. I brought all these books with me and a paint set. I really had too much stuff, so I've learnt to be more economical.

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As a director myself, you really appreciate collaborating with people who are trying to help you find what you need and what you want.

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About Roman Coppola

Quotes 31 sayings
Profession Film director
Birthday April 22, 1965

I love 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and I love 'Bugsy Malone.

' I haven't seen 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' in a long time, but I remember loving it as a kid.

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That's a hobby of mine - to do whatever I can for unusual for-hire creative projects. I am waiting for someone to really challenge me - obviously I'm often approached to do film related work, but I would be very happy to design a bar or an amusement park ride. I would love to be an imagineer!

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The more you travel, the better you get at it.

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Dont imitate. Write what you know about, that has to be your goal.

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It's not just people in Hollywood: I'm sure everyone in the world thinks, 'What would be it like if I won an Oscar?

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A movie that I'm involved with and have a lot of love for, which is On The Road, does use a lot of handheld. It can be done beautifully. I'm proud of that. It's a very beautiful movie.

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As a director myself, you want to have colleagues and collaborators that respect your authority as the director. I'm very comfortable with that, and I've done a lot of work in second unit.

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I'm a writer and director, and the movie I've seen a million times is 'Stardust Memories' by Woody Allen, starring Woody Allen and Charlotte Rampling.

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Relationship movies are often made for a female audience.

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I like things that are hand made - but personally for a man, I'm not interested in fashion that evolves with time. I like things to be the same. For a woman I think it's fantastic to have things that are different - it's like a flower where every season there's some new exotic bloom.

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I really value distinctive movies, movies that feel that they came from a person that was really something that they had conceived and they made and is a reflection of who they are.

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In my films that I've directed, and my work in commercials and videos, I've rarely used handheld. It's just not something I'm drawn to, but I've seen it done very well.

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Movies are very expensive endeavors, and my first film was not particularly a money-maker. Quite the opposite.

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Anything that you think is wild or fun, or can't wait to see or show your friends, go for it.

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To make personal movies that you are the author of, is quite a difficult thing.

It takes a lot of stamina.

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I feel like I am very drawn to the short form stuff because it's just fun to be making something, and then, a week later, it's out. I will always be drawn to that kind of thing.

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I would like to do more feature work.

I intend to do that. To be really honest, it's an economic thing because when you make a film that doesn't make what it cost back, it's very difficult to get back in the ring.

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Movies are magical. Sometimes it just works, it catalyzes, and everything falls into place, and no one knows exactly how or why.

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