This encyclopedia focuses on the entire career of Francis Ford Coppola, whether a screenwriter, producer, director, or even vintner. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and those for films (including Coppola’s early low-budget thrillers and the films directed by his daughter, Sofia) contain boxes listing production details and credits. Though the majority of the entries cover individuals (actors, writers, cinematographers, and more) and films, others cover influences, nonfilm projects, and a variety of additional topics, among them American Zoetrope (Coppola’s studio), Cannes International Film Festival, and The Old Guard (the U.S. Army ceremonial unit honored in the film Gardens of Stone). Also here are entries such as Coppola, criticism, and controversy and Coppola on adaptation. Most entries conclude with a list of references. Illustrations consist of some black-and-white stills. Combining ready-reference information with the kind of commentary that would be useful for film students and serious fans, this volume is recommended for large public libraries or academic libraries that support cinema classes.
James M. Welsh is the cofounder of Literature/Film Quarterly and coeditor of The Literature/Film Reader (2007) and The Encyclopedia of Sports Films (2010), both published by Scarecrow Press.
Gene D. Phillips, S.J. is the author of David Lean: Beyond the Epic (2006) and Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder (2010).
Rodney F. Hill teaches film in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. He is coeditor of Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews (2004) and The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick (2002).