7 October, 2021
HB - 234 x 156 mm
Rights Sold: UK
Market: Film, American Culture
A Movie Dynasty
This is a big story. The Coppolas are one of the great American filmmaking dynasties, a classic example of an immigrant family that has thrived in America - the parallels with the Corleones of The Godfather are there for all to see, albeit without the organized crime. Centred on two extraordinary filmmaking generations: father and daughter Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola, each in different ways has defined their times. And of course, their stories are intimately entwined. But the story will encompass so much more than the careers of two directors. There will be subplots extending out across the Coppola clan to include Nicolas Cage, Talia Shire, Roman Coppola, Jack Schwartzman and lesser-known scions like Marc and Christopher Coppola. It is also the case that the respective stories of Francis and Sofia offer a fascinating insight into the changing face of Hollywood and American culture from the seventies until now. It is also a book about America, a land of opportunity and the template on which the Coppolas can forge their art. Includes eight pages of colour photographs.
Ian Nathan, who lives and works in London, is one of the UK’s best-known film writers. He is the author of eight previous books, including Alien Vault, the best-selling history of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Terminator Vault, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers and the forthcoming Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth. He is the former editor and executive editor of Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. He also regularly contributes to The Times, Independent, Mail on Sunday, Cahiers Du Cinema and the Discovering Film documentary series on Sky Arts.
"In-the-moment prose makes brisk work of the sprawling story."