The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia

by James M. Welsh, Gene D. Phillips,

Francis Ford Coppola's career has spanned five decades, from low budget films he produced in the early 1960s to more personal films of recent years. Because of the tremendous popular success of The Godfather and the tremendous critical success of its sequel, Coppola is considered to be one of the best directors of all time.

The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of Coppola's work—from his early days with producer Roger Corman to his films as
the director of the 1970s. This extensive reference contains material on all of the films Coppola has played a role in, from screenwriter to producer to director, including such classics as Patton, The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, and Apocalypse Now. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia the most comprehensive reference on this director's body of work.
  • Scarecrow Press; August 2010
  • ISBN 9780810876514
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  • Title: The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia
  • Author: James M. Welsh; Gene D. Phillips; Rodney F. Hill
  • Imprint: Scarecrow Press

In The Press

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.

About The Author

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).