Even Francis Ford Coppola Had Difficulties Getting Films Made!

At a recent Q&A for Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, Francis Ford Coppola made a comment about film finance that goes to the heart of independent filmmaking. He said that even with The Godfather under his belt, and Oscars for both The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II he –still– had difficulty finding funding for Apocalypse Now!

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Cell Phone Photos (above) From the Q&A:

The 40th anniversary of the release of APOCALYPSE NOW was August 15. In honor of that, APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT was released in theaters on that date.

A couple of days before, there was an advance screening at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, which was followed by a Q&A with Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Albert Hall.

Francis said the original APOCALYPSE NOW was too short, and REDUX was too long. “This is the Goldilocks version!”

Laurence was just 14 when filming this movie. He said the experience shaped his life.

They clearly enjoyed being together for the first time as a group in many years, reminiscing and cracking each up with fond memories.

Francis talked about working with Marlon Brando. That should probably be another post!

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