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Revisiting The Outsiders, Coppola’s unexpectedly life-affirming tale of gang life

The eighties spawned a number of glossy movies full of good looking actors, the type that belong to the brat-pack genre – most of which lacked any real substance and have aged badly. There is one film, however, that has stood the test of time: Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal 1983 movie The Outsiders. An adaptation of […]

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Lost Classic: Hearts of Darkness (Bahr, Hickenlooper & Coppola, 1991)

The great French director Francois Truffaut won an Academy Award for Day For Night (1972), a behind the scenes look at the making of a movie. Its romanticised view of filmmaking may have led the public to wonder – how difficult can it be to direct a movie? It sounds like fun. You will make […]

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Four Frames: The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. As for family, well… Towards the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s tenebrous portrait of a family eating itself from the inside, an aghast Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) asks his adopted brother Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) why he wants to wipe everyone out when he’s already won, to […]