COPPOLA’S LIGHTER HEART

“One from the Heart,” the 1982 stylized musical directed by Francis Ford Coppola, will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m., in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Presented as part of the Academy Standards series, the film will be followed by a cast-and-crew reunion and panel discussion. Coppola is scheduled to participate, as are stars Nastassia Kinski and Frederic Forrest. Film historian and critic David Thomson will serve as moderator.
Controversial and not widely seen at the time of its release, “One from the Heart” was filmed entirely on the soundstages of Coppola’s then-newly acquired Zoetrope Studios in Hollywood, where massive scale reconstructions of Las Vegas were built. The embodiment of the director’s concept of “electronic cinema,” the film employed experimental techniques such as early forms of pre-visualization, non-linear editing, word processing for the script and other new technologies. The creative team included Coppola’s frequent collaborators, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Dean Tavoularis.
Forrest and Teri Garr star as Hank and Frannie, who break up on the eve of their five-year anniversary. As they go their separate ways, Hank meets a circus performer named Leila (Kinski) and Frannie enjoys the attention of lounge singer Ray (Raul Julia). The supporting cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, Lainie Kazan, Allan Goorwitz, Jeff Hamlin, Italia Coppola and Carmine Coppola. Produced by Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos, “One from the Heart” features an Academy Award-nominated score comprised of songs written and performed by Tom Waits. The film’s screenplay is by Armyan Bernstein and Coppola.
The print to be screened is one recently restored by American Zoetrope.
For more info, visit the Academy website.




Posted on July 10, 2003 in News by
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