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Whom God Wishes to Destroy. : Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood

Lewis, Jon E.

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ISBN 10: 0822316021 / ISBN 13: 9780822316022
Published by Duke Univ Press, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Black cloth, gilt titles. A fairly serious study of Coppola, Zoetrope and Hollywood politics and finances. Extensive chapter notes. Unread, as new in like DJ. 194 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 10071

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Title: Whom God Wishes to Destroy. : Francis ...

Publisher: Duke Univ Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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In March 1980 Francis Coppola purchased the dilapidated Hollywood General Studios facility with the hope and dream of creating a radically new kind of studio, one that would revolutionize filmmaking, challenge the established studio machinery, and, most importantly, allow him to make movies as he wished. With this event at the center of Whom God Wishes to Destroy, Jon Lewis offers a behind-the-scenes view of Coppola’s struggle—that of the industry’s best-known auteur—against the changing realities of the New Hollywood of the 1980s. Presenting a Hollywood history steeped in the trade news, rumor, and gossip that propel the industry, Lewis unfolds a lesson about power, ownership, and the role of the auteur in the American cinema. From before the success of The Godfather to the eventual triumph of Apocalypse Now, through the critical upheaval of the 1980s with movies like Rumble Fish, Hammett, Peggy Sue Got Married, to the 1990s and the making of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein, Francis Coppola’s career becomes the lens through which Lewis examines the nature of making movies and doing business in Hollywood today.

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"Lewis demonstrates a marvelous ability to combine, with both rigor and innovation, a productive attentiveness to the stylistic aspects of filmic works themselves and a sharp capacity to situate those works within the economics and politics of an industry. His book offers the necessary detail on Coppola's films and career while also using the case of Coppola as a model to say larger, more far-reaching things about today's Hollywood and the place, or non-place, of the creative figure within it."--Dana Polan, author of "In a Lonely Place"

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