Coppola goes indie
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No film director anticipates bad reviews, but sometimes they have intimations.
Certainly, it was no surprise to Francis Ford Coppola when Tetro, his new feature – which opened in the United States in June – was greeted by a loud chorus of criticism. The box-office performance wasn't exactly robust either; by Aug. 2, the film had managed to gross barely more than $1-million (U.S.) worldwide, an almost shocking statistic given the five-time Oscar winner's reputation.
“My whole career has been like that,” Coppola said philosophically, on the phone from California before Tetro's Canadian opening this week. “I make films out of the mould. Certain kinds of films do well with big audiences, but if you go your own way, if it's out of the ordinary, you're likely to get strong reactions, both positive and negative.”
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