1938, Romania: at 70, a professor of language and philosophy, Dominic Matei, contemplates suicide: the love of his life is dead, and he remains unable to complete his life’s work on the origins of language. Then, he’s struck by lightning. After a slow recovery, he grows younger. He must now avoid Nazis, who want to study and experiment on him. Some years later, he meets a young woman who has her own passage through a lightning storm. Not only does Dominic find love again, but her new abilities hold the key to his research. Is the sweetness of life finally at hand?
He was born in 1939 in Detroit, USA, but he grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father was a composer and musician Carmine Coppola. His mother had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University, and did graduate work at UCLA in filmmaking. He was training as assistant with filmmaker Roger Corman, working in such capacities as soundman, dialogue director, associate producer and, eventually, director of Dementia 13 (1963), Coppola’s first feature film. During the next four years, Coppola was involved in a variety of script collaborations, including writing an adaptation of This Property is Condemned, by Tennessee Williams (with Fred Coe and Edith Sommer), and screenplays for Is Paris Burning?, and Patton, the film for which Coppola won a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award. In 1966, Coppola’s 2nd film brought him critical acclaim and a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 1969, Coppola and George… read more
This return to film after a decade hiatus marked a new period in Coppola’s oeuvre, a latter-day phase wherein works would not only take on a more personal nature, but where Coppola would be free to experiment with aesthetics amidst an absence of external constraints, and even the mere intimacy of such redefined scopes. Unfortunately, this one's substance inspires less, spanning spirituality, divination, linguistics, ageing, Nazism, biography - curious, but quite a rambling rose, rather messy. It’s Maria Lara who commends acclamation.
A lightning strike reverses the aging of a 70-year-old man at the same time the spark of digital cinema signals Coppola's own rebirth. Coppola's literary, musical and philosophical ruminations have rarely been so evocatively combined with his equal love of cinema history, of which he immodestly but rightly sees himself a part. A great, woefully unheralded late-period resurrection.
Desconcierto, sopor o indiferencia son algunos de los síntomas más inmediatos que pudiera llegar a provocar uno de los últimos trabajos de alguien cuyo nombre en antaño fue sinónimo de maestría fílmica… read review