Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tetro Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is one of worlds most loved director. When he started to go for the strange and avant-gard the public turned there backs. "Why can't he do something more like The Godfather?" people would say. The backlash sent him into a kind of hideous, coming out last year to directed "Youth Without Youth" with Tim Roth staring. "Youth" made one feel uneasy and comforted at the same time, worth your time to seek out and watch. Now Coppola not only directs but has written this new flick "Tetro." His first screenplay since "The Conversation" in 1974. This black and white drama set in Buenos Aires, makes south America look not only old world but romantic. Coppola is a master in the use of light, using it as a kind of focal-point in this tragic tale. Tetro played by Vincent Gallo is a man hiding from his family and himself. His writing that is his life work has helped him spiral down to the point where he forsakes it and the Success it represents.. Then his younger brother Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) comes for a weeks stay, can Tetro hide any longer? The past known to one brother and not the other comes back.
The complex family rivalry and jealousy between father and son, brother to brother, is an old concept told again by a master in story telling and cinema. Remember that some of us like the strange and avant-gard.

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