Francis Coppola cements legacy

TCM Classic Film Festival honours director’s 50-year career

News Desk April 30, 2016
Director Francis Ford Coppola places his handprints in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood. PHOTO: REUTERS

Veteran film-maker Francis Ford Coppola left a permanent mark on Hollywood on Friday, after his hands and feet were imprinted in cement to be displayed at the landmark TLC Chinese Theatre, reported Reuters. The ceremony honoured the 77-year-old Oscar-winning director’s 50-year career, highlighted by films such as The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now and five Oscar wins.

It took place during Turner Classic Movies’ annual Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, which will run through Sunday, May 1, where Coppola’s films will be played. “Maybe 40 years ago people might not have appreciated a film like Apocalypse Now, which was kind of unusual to say the least,” Coppola told the publication about receiving the honour after so many years in the industry. “If you’re looking as an artist for some type of assurance that what you are doing is OK or going in the right direction then I think you have to wait for the judgment of time before you know.”

Among those on hand were wife Eleanor, son Roman Coppola, sister Talia Shire and fellow director Peter Bogdanovich, reported Los Angeles Times.

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Less frequently talked about today than Coppola’s other 70s films, The Conversation did not go without acclaim. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, the National Board of Review awarded it best picture, and the film received Academy Award nominations for best picture (losing to The Godfather Part II), original screenplay and for Walter Murch and Art Rochester’s sound.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2016.

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