A Study of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dramatic style has to begin with his twin masterpieces The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Another director may have taken one look at the script and saw only a film about a family of mobsters, whereas Coppola saw a film essentially about an American Family and their pursuit of the American dream. And that appreciation for the anti-hero runs through his films, including an Army officer barely clinging to his sanity on a covert operation during the Vietnam War in Apocalypse Now.
He frequently uses long tracking shots that create a sense of scope and allow audiences to feel the gravity of even small moments in his films. And possibly because his father was a composer Coppola often lets his actors’ faces and the score tell the story. His characters don’t always have to say what they’re thinking, the audience knows, and the music helps them feel it too.
In the last decade Coppola has returned to his small independent filmmaker roots. He now uses his skills as a cinematographer to make small stories like the intimate family drama Tetro feel as epic as the films that comprised his work as an auteur of the golden age of New Filmmaking.Related Article : UK Blu-Ray/Cinema News: Artwork & Trailer For APOCALYPSE NOW