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Author: Eleanor Coppola
ISBN: 1423489055
Subcategory: Movies
Pages 304 pages
Publisher Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
Language English
Category: Humor
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by Eleanor Coppola

Eleanor Coppola has written two successful books.

Eleanor Coppola has written two successful books. Her first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, recorded the film's journey from 1976 to 1979. Her detailed note-taking continued in other areas of her life as she collected and wrote about her life's major events. The memoir Notes on a Life follows thirty years of Eleanor Coppola's life as she juggles raising children and being there for Francis as he directs films that move the family from place to place. The book consists of short passages from each day beginning with the death of her oldest son Gian-Carlo Coppola at the age of 22 and the birth of her granddaughter Gia just months later.

Eleanor Coppola has already chronicled the great creative earthquake in her four-plus decades of marriage to Francis. Coppola is an observer, and her method here has changed less than you might expect. But a life is no easy thing to pull into focus. Not only did she keep (and later publish) a vivid diary during the shooting of Apocalypse Now, but at her husband’s request she taught herself to use a 16-millimeter camera and filmed the cast and crew at work in the Philippines, battling through a typhoon, Martin Sheen’s heart attack and a script with no ending - not to mention budget overruns. What’s in the past has vanished, though it continues to flicker nervously inside our heads.

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Her first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as one of the most revealing of all first hand looks at the movies (Los Angeles Herald Examiner).

Her first book, "Notes on the Making of "Apocalypse Now, ""was hailed as "one of the most revealing of all first hand looks at the movies" ("Los Angeles Herald Examiner").

Eleanor Coppola's first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as one of the most revealing of. .com User, October 27, 2008. Eleanor Coppola is an artist I genuinely respect.

Eleanor Coppola's first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as one of the most revealing of all firsthand looks at th. I am both a studio artist and an indie filmmaker and really appreciated her perspective and experiences that she so poetically expresses in her book "Notes on a Life. I loved it! 0. Report. com User, August 23, 2008.

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(Applause Books). Eleanor Coppola's first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as "one of the most revealing of all firsthand looks at the movies" ( Los Angeles Herald Examiner ). Now the author brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbing account of the next chapters in her life. In this new work we travel back and forth with her from the swirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of her family. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia's rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation . Even as she visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulled back to pursue her own art but is always focused on keeping her family safe. The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in 1986 and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger lead to a moving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and as a mother. Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola's powerful portrait of the conflicting demands of family, love, and art is at once very personal and universally resonant.
Eleanor’s visually descriptive style invites the reader into the rarefied world of the Coppola family.
Her love for her family is the central theme.She shares her many talents and a tinge of the regret she seems to feel as the facilitator of the accomplishments of her husband and children in their endeavors.Her role as mother ,above all else ,requires her to sublimate her many talents.Her joy that her family is doing well as the years roll on shines through.Her accomplishments as artist,writer and documentary film maker are substantial,but the reader sees that her steady supportive hand for her husband and children has played a huge role in allowing them to flourish as artists.
I really loved this book. The pain of losing her son, the behind the scenes look at what glitz and glamour is really like, her observations of nature and life around her. At times I felt like I was watching a scene from one of her daughter's films - the way things are observed on a table, or the unusual slices of life - and by allowing her mind to wander in the structure, it became clearer that it was like a Chuck Close portrait - where when you stand close to it the face disappears, but far away, comes into excruciating focus. Or to gaze upon Seurat's "La Grande Jette," an experience she recounts of "nearly fainting" from the intensity of the experiences. It's an apt metaphor for her writing where one can feel the words as brushstrokes, the points of light as various experiences in her unusual journey. At times reading passages of behind the scenes descriptions of the shoot of Godfather III, or Dracula, or even attending the Oscar ceremony, I felt the same way I do when standing in a room full of Monet paintings, a sense of melancholy, of loss, and when I stand close to the canvas, I can feel the emotion of each brush stroke, but when I stand back across the room, I'm overwhelmed by the structure and clever connections that she's taken the reader through. If someone plans to live a life in the glare of the limelight, this is required reading. If someone wants to know what its like to live a life in the limelight, it's also required reading. The fact that she and her husband have stayed together and laughed and lived such an extraordinary life is worth examining. The incredibly pain and sense of loss of their son permeates the book, but also underlines and expands and reflects the light coming from both of them as they've somehow been able to survive this incredible journey together. And there's fun here as well, sensuality, I can almost taste her description of various meals, a memorably one with Alice Waters, inside Eleanor's Napa valley kitchen as she stirs an espresso or the smell of chicken in the oven. And not to gild the lilly, but the paintings of Edward Hopper come to mind - a sense of isolation betwixt the wonderment of the glare of light surrounding the author. Can't recommend it any higher.
I throughly enjoyed this story. I ended up with such a feeling of respect for Eleanor. To stand out of the spotlight behind a big personality like FFC
takes a woman who really knew and trusted herself. Her life alone as a collector, writer, film maker, mother, friend is to be admired. I would love a friend like Eleanor. Highly recommend for a leisurely read.
I found this book to be so comforting besides the fact that the author's life is so interesting. This was my bedtime reading after exhausting days taking care of my mom who had a massive stroke. It was a great escape into another life where people exhausted themselves making movies. Eleanor Coppola sounds so down to earth, the kind of person you'd love to have as a friend.
It's clear from Coppola's book/journal that she's a genuinely sensitive and talented artist, and that she's worked mightily to provide a peaceful, beautiful home for her family. She had to achieve this in the whirlwind of her husband's career and great fame.
Moreover, he comes across as a deeply changeable person: sometimes the warm, generous patriarch, sometimes
cold, difficult and demanding. She has also had tragedy in her life: she and Coppola lost their son Gio in a boating
accident. The details of the accident are especially horrifying: Gio was almost decapitated. Eleanor suffered from years
of depression afterward. The problem I have with her Notes, and her account, is that she seems not to have
ever understood that her years'-long collapse after Gio's death was unfair to her living children. Roman and Sophia
were not in that grave with Gio. They were looking to their parents for strength. One sees between the lines
that Gio was Eleanor's favorite (after his death, anyway) and her mourning blighted the Coppolas' family life
for years. She also sometimes reveals a strange jealousy and emotional neglect toward her daughter Sophia.
Except briefly, she expresses little pride in Sophia's success as a director. She focusses on Sophia's thinness,
her "tired" looks, and has little positive to say about her daughter's accomplishments or even her appearance.
Yet Sophia is a striking, attractive woman, and a highly talented director. The reader
has to wonder if Eleanor Coppola is envious of this gifted young woman.

There's also the sad strangeness of her choice of book cover: It's a picture which shows the young family
at what Eleanor Coppola obviously feels is the heyday of their happiness. The picture is of Eleanor and her
husband, and their sons Roman and Gio. There is no Sophia. The book title Notes On A Life
is printed across the joyous picture of four Coppolas, but the daughter is not included. What place
did she really have in her mother's emotional life? Did I say that Eleanor was "sensitive"?
It's hard to know which possibility is worse: that she was so ignorant of the emotions of others
that she never wondered what Sophia's painful reaction would be; or that in some depth of the subconscious,
that picture was very deliberately chosen.