Coppola makes a comeback as an indie filmmaker
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A few years ago, Francis Ford Coppola re-booted his creativity by giving himself permission to be a novice again.
He shook off the burden of having to build on a legend and instead resolved to make small, independently financed, personal movies.
"Youth Without Youth" (2007), the first product of that decision, may have been ponderous and a bit self-important, but it had enough sterling moments to indicate something fruitful and promising in this new direction.
That promise is fulfilled with "Tetro," which finds Coppola comfortable in this new, emerging style — pulling from skills developed over a long career, but bringing those abilities into a new configuration.
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