By Charles Winecoff
Updated January 07, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life

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This career chronicle of the Godfather director details his UCLA film-school days, his apprenticeship with Roger Corman, his multiple Oscar wins, his epic struggles with Apocalypse Now, his near-disastrous attempt to create his own ”repertory” film studio, and the recent legal battle over his proposed Pinocchio—all without offering a shred of insight into the man (beyond his ample ego, that is). While he avidly enumerates Coppola’s professional exploits, Schumacher treats even conspicuous personal matters with indifference — from Coppola’s notorious nepotism (particularly regarding his musician father), to his bumpy marriage, to the accidental death of his son while the director was filming Gardens of Stone. Even a token attempt at emotion might have made this relentless recap less tiresome. C — Charles Winecoff

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