Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and businessman, but many few know that he was also a musician and an expert in tuba. His mastery in tuba earned him a music scholarship in New York Military Academy. Coppola started his professional career while he was at the UCLA Film School and even directed a comedy and horror short movie, ‘Tonight For Sure’. Coppola then worked with Roger Croman for a few years and later in 1963 he wrote and ‘Dementia 13’, which became a hit. Seeing his work and experimentation with movies, he was hired by the Seven Arts as a scriptwriter. However, his big break was the movie ‘The Rain People’ that was directed, written and even co-produced by Coppola. He earned his first Academy Award for the movie ‘Patton’ in the year 1970. ‘Godfather’, one of the biggest movies in the history of cinema, earned him his first Oscar award and two Golden Globes. ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘The Godfather II’, and ‘The Great Gatsby’ are some of his best movies. Coppola is known for directing and scripting some of the best movies in Hollywood. Coppola’s thoughts on movie making, business, and life are very inspirational. We have gathered some of his quotes and thoughts from his movies, interviews and life.
We teach our boys to firebomb villages, but we won't let them write fuck on the side of their planes because it's obscene.
Francis Ford Coppola
I believe that filmmaking - as, probably, is everything - is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you've got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way.
We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can't steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that's how you will find your voice.
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.'
I've been blessed with enough wealth that I can make a film myself up to a certain budget. So one way I thought I would reinvent myself was just to make these very small, personal films that I've financed myself.
I have much to learn from my daughter Sofia. Her minimalism exposes my limitations: I'm too instinctive and operatic, I put too much heart into my work, I get lost sometimes in bizarre things - it's my Italian heritage.
The only TV I would be interested in exploring would be live television. There's no substitute for a team of artists performing at their peak live when failure is possible. It's a high-wire act. That excites me.
When that happens - when risk is taken and the filmmakers dive into the subject matter without a parachute - very often what you get it something with those qualities that make it age well with the public.
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.
I like to work in the morning. I like to sometimes go to a place where I'm all alone where I'm not going to get a phone call early that hurts my feelings, because once my feelings are hurt, I'm dead in the water.
Sound is your friend because sound is much cheaper than picture, but it has equal effect on the audience - in some ways, perhaps more effect because it does it in a very indirect way.
Francis Ford Coppola
My family were symphonic musicians and in the opera. Also, it was my era, the love of radio. We used to listen to the radio at night, close our eyes and see movies far more beautiful than you can photograph.
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.