So sad to see this visual tour-de-force marginalized, compared to all sorts of other mediocre attempts at imitation. Vittorio Storaro's exceptional mastery of light, self-conscious and intentionally excessive, constructs a fluorescent universe where artificiality does not simply celebrate the genre's investment on surfaces but enlightens (and lights up) the faces, the bodies (Garr stuns!) and the soul of characters.
A masterpiece in artistic technique. Pause any shot in this love story and then just stare at its gorgeous neon-color that's simply ethereal. Works at times in other ways, too. This fantasia style and soundtrack capture the otherwise-unstated complexities of the characters. As good as Coppola's own Godfather films/Apocalypse Now? Well... at times, too. It has fine visual operatics.
it takes a real one to recreate the most artificial city in the world inside a film set just to make it look even more artificial. the absolute proof that Coppola is one of the most daring, interesting filmmakers in mainstream cinema. quite possibly, the most underrated film in american history.
Yes it is a departure from the 4 perfect masterpieces (The Godfather part 1 & part 2, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now) Coppola did in the 1970's but it is great to see him take a shift in his work. No, this film is not a masterpiece but to witness Coppola doing a colorful musical is a pure joy. And Frederic Forrest is a sadly forgotten actor. 3.5 stars.
Was talking to a friend at work about this and realized I had never put my two cents in. It's great. Watch it. Ok, going back to work now. Oh what do I do for a living? Fuck off, DT. I'm not telling you that! I work in a cubicle. Also, how the shit are we supposed to talk to each other on this site other than commenting on things, DT?
Here is a place where Storaro sings while Coppola mostly dismisses the former traction that allowed for his work to grow with each new picture. Had this been a vaulted curio discovered years later, the sizable disproportion of the narrative to its intense visual flare might seem less awkward; instead, it is the follow-up to Apocalypse Now.