I am curious on what people’s predictions about this film are. Do you think Coppola still has it and could make a great film? Do you think he can but this isn’t it? Do you think this is going to not just be short of a masterpiece but be absolutely terrible?
All I have to say is I don’t believe the man who directed The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation couldn’t come back with one more masterpiece. I don’t really expect this to be it though. I would be very happy if it was even a good film.
I feel that this will be in my top 10 for next year. (Or at least I hope) I’m very much rooting for Coppola and Gallo to achieve something refreshing.
“Vincent” Gallo? O my brothers, I’ve got a pain in me Gulliver. It will obviously be Youth Without Youth ll Like Coppola said, the man who made The Godfather died in the jungle.
I’m hoping but I don’t like Vincent Gallo as an actor. Find him nearly unwatchable. Ruined Trouble Every Day for me.
I have high hopes for Tetro, being a fan of Coppola, Gallo, and what digital cinema.
However, I don’t think it’s fair to be in the mind-set that Coppola needs to create masterpieces to stay relevant, which is a feeling a lot of people seem to have about the man. It’s as if they’re just waiting for that to happen, and are prepared to write him off if it never comes.
He’s at the point now where he can self-finance everything he does, and he’s finally starting to enjoy that freedom, and live the American Zoetrope dream that failed so completely when it was first attempted.
I say, let the man make his movies, whether they’re good or bad, horrible or great. He’s enjoying himself after decades of hardship and failures, which is the most any aging filmmaker of his caliber can hope for.
He doesn’t need another masterpiece, he just wants to make some movies.
I think he doesn’t get credit for these very good movies, yes, VERY good: The Cotton Club, Tucker: A Man And His Dream, Rumble Fish, Godfather III, two of his earliest films, You’re A Big Boy Now and The Rain People, have excellent reviews and sound like many people would be interested in them. Add those on to The Godfather I+II, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation and keep in mind he wrote the screenplay for Patton, where does he go so wrong? He didn’t make that many bad films in between these, and his 90’s films were made for money. I feel sorry for him that people can’t see this.
The film now has an official website, http://www.tetro.com/
Coppola also seems to be providing an on-going video log about his own personal experiences making the film, the first episode of which is available at the website now. It’s a nice looking website, and it looks as though the film is going to be black & white, which is a pleasant surprise.
Mr. Coppola is as charming as ever. American Zoetrope went bankrupt, did it not?
The original American Zoetrope failed, eggman. But after that failure Coppola pulled-back from his initial plans of a massive independent studio and turned Zoetrope into a production company, through which most of his films since have been made (and the films of his children).
It was Coppola’s partner in the original Zoetrope concept, George Lucas, who made good on the lofty goals the two set for themselves, creating and still controlling Skywalker Ranch, ILM and THX… his own filmmaking utopia, away from Hollywood, in which he can do anything and everything on his own.
Unfortunately, the only thing he himself has made since creating that empire has been the Star Wars series.
Brandon-Don’t forget Howard the Duck.
Great video content on the Tetro website.
I’m not so happy about the choice of using digital, I still believe that it hasn’t quite reached the visual style of film even if they try to replicate it. I also feel like I shouldn’t have high hopes because youth without youth wasn’t so hot, but Coppola has done good before and just about every director is bound to have a miss so I will watch this movie too.
The trailer has arrived. Looks absolutely gorgeous. I hope the movie is anywhere as good as this trailer is.
OH MY GOD!!!!!!! This looks so fucking amazing!!!!!!!!
Please God let the film be as good as my expectations are. Thank you so much for posting the trailer Michael!
More than my pleasure. To further elaborate on my thoughts of the trailer, I had no expectations for the film and yet this trailer blew me away and I can’t see this soon enough. Luckily I follow the movie’s page on Twitter so I posted it up here before most people have seen it as you notice. Just the contrast of the black and white with the sudden rush of sharp colors had me almost gasping.
Has anyone seen this film? If so have the early reviews been good?
Well, with the looks of the trailer the film looks amazing. Incredibly excited for the release. I love good ol’ Vinny and I’m sure I will not be disappointed. The color sequences do look kind of silly though…
One thing that I’ve noticed no one discuss anywhere, is the fact that this is Coppola’s first collaboration with Walter Murch since they worked together on Apocalypse Now. Of course it’s also Coppola’s first original screenplay since The Conversation. All things point to this being very good.
June 11th in limited release. I’m also rooting for this one. Though the last twenty years or so have been a write-off for Coppola, I want to believe that the genius is still in there somewhere.
Coppola is bringing “Tetro” to the Seattle Internat’l Film Festival in early June, a few days or so before its official release. He’ll attend the screening and participate in a Q&A.
I’m so excited I thought that this wouldn’t be out till Fall. But in less than 6 weeks I will be seeing my first Coppola film on its first release in theatres (I have seen The Godfather and Apocalypse Now at revival theatres)!
First three minutes are up now. I’m debating whether to watch it or not, I’ll probably give in soon.
I’m not going to. It is kind of like reading the script. I would much rather wait to see it as a surprise in theatres. But I understand it is hard to resist. Every time I anticipate a movie I say I am only going to watch the trailer once and then no more. I have already seen the Tetro trailer 3 times.
Well, now, that was marvelous! I’ll want to find out as much as I can about the physical production. The imagery is sensational. This should propel Mihai Malaimare to the front rank of cinematographers. When was the last time a FFC project made me this eager to see it?
Uh oh, the early reviews aren’t great. Oh well I guess I won’t know till June.
alot of movies are getting poor reviews: Tetro, Whatever Works, Taking Woodstock…and I just wrote an article about how this summer is going to be different because movies were being made by actual filmmakers. aw man!
Critics don’t always get it right, and since, as you said, films are being made by actual filmmakers I put more trust in them than critics.