The Cinematic Genius: Francis Ford Coppola

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

The Godfather – like another Mob-centric piece of culture, The Sopranos – has moved well beyond the space a movie, even a very good one, occupies in our culture to become a byword for perfection. After winning his second, third, and fourth Academy Awards for that film, Coppola went on to direct movies like The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders, standing alongside Spielberg as one of the premier American film directors of the late 20th century. While he may more often be in the media these days as the owner of a Vineyard that produces delicious, well-priced wine, Francis Ford Coppola’s lasting legacy will always be his powerful, visionary and cinematically spectacular films. 

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