Revised and Updated Edition

by Peter Cowie


 More than any other director, Francis Ford Coppola exemplifies the drive and invention of modern American cinema. Acclaimed since his first Godfather movie in 1972, he went on to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Conversation and to make an unforgettable impact on audiences worldwide with the gripping Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. He has also launched the careers of such actors as Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise.

This new edition of Coppola (March 2014, Applause Books, $24.99), includes material gathered in exclusive interviews with Coppola, in which he from an exclusive interview author Peter Cowie conducted with Coppola in which he looks back on the past 20 years and reflects on his much-cherished independence, as well as on the state of modern cinema.

In recent years, Coppola has returned to his roots – to the low-budget, personal movie, written and directed without the involvement of the major Hollywood studios, working in Romania (for Youth without Youth), Argentina (for Tetro), and his home state of California (for Twixt). Additionally, he has encouraged the work of other talented filmmakers – from his daughter Sofia (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette) to Brazilian director Walter Salles (On the Road) to Robert De Niro (The Good Shepherd). In 2010, he was awarded his sixth Oscar – the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The tireless Coppola is also committed to winemaking, earning acclaim first for his Niebaum-Coppola label and, more recently, opening the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in the Sonoma Valley.

With unparalleled access to the director and his family and friends, Cowie brings unique insight to this biography of the most visionary and charismatic filmmaker of his generation.

March 2014
6.0″ x 9.25″
304 pages
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


PETER COWIE is a film historian who has written extensively on the work of Francis Coppola and, in particular, The Godfather trilogy.  He is the author of 30 books, including biographies of Ingmar Bergman, Orson Welles, and Louis Brooks, and was international publishing director of the show-biz bible Variety.  He lives in London.


“There is so much junk written about the film industry… Cowie is in a different class. He has served his subject well, giving us a fascinating book that charts Coppola’s career fairly, objectively, and with a true comprehension of how Hollywood operates.” – Bryan Forbes, The Evening Standard

“In Coppola – part biography, part study – Peter Cowie does justice to a remarkable career.” – The Economist


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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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