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.
It is amazing that Coppola could have made such an awful film. Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr are an unlikable couple, and I did not care about their brake-up, and nor did I care when they got back together in the end. The musical numbers are dull, and sometimes the music did not seem to properly fit with the action. The whole thing is dull. Was Coppola seriously burnt out after Apocalypse Now?
I have to say the story is nothing special and kind of dull, the songs could be better and i say that as a tom waits fan. The filmis full of ideas and is amazing technically as it is all filmed on sets and feels realistic. almost like watching filmed theater. That is the only fascination that is to be had in watching the film. Though i give Francis Ford Coopola props for being a renassiance man
The film is a visual marvel, has a wonderful soundtrack (all composed and sung by Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle) and a film is almost kitsch, almost Broadway musical: a trip to the fantasy world of a couple in crisis. Renegade by critics and audiences of their day, from the Heart deserves to be revisited because it is a delightful exercise master Coppola. Recommend. cinemadebuteco.com