Francis Coppola, il trascinatore della Nuova Hollywood, il re degli anni ’70, l’autore del romanzo criminale più conosciuto al mondo – il dittico del Padrino – ha deciso di dedicarsi esclusivamente ai suoi piccoli film a bassissimo budget.
Dopo il passo falso di Un’altra giovinezza, che rompeva un silenzio decennale, Segreti di famiglia – Tetro invece è un ritorno ai temi più cari, con una libertà formale ed una libertà espressiva invidiabili per un settatenne.
Si gode il successo di Sofia e dei suoi nipoti (Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman…), la terza generazione del clan, che discende da patriarca Carmine, flautista dell’orchestra di Toscanini.
“She’s very small, Sofia, very petite. She’s made of steel but she’s a tiny, soft-spoken person,” he says, beaming with paternal pride. “So I made sure on those first films she was surrounded by people who would protect her. But after a while it was so clear that she had a knack for it.”
Lontano del mainstream di un po’ vuoto di Scorsese, quanto dal gigantismo di Spielberg, Coppola ha ripreso il filo interrotto quarantanni fa con il successo clamoroso del film interpretato da Marlon Brando.
E’ al lavoro sulla sua terza sceneggiatura e sta presentando Tetro in Francia. Sul Guardian è stato pubblicato un profilo molto interessante:
Coppola doesn’t need anyone any more, either. He’s turned down offers from the studios to return to the fold. He’s currently writing his next movie, whose budget will be determined by the success of the new vineyard he’s opening in California next month. He’s unconcerned by commercial success, he says, “What matters to me more is what people will think of it 20 years later.” It’s a pity some of his counterparts haven’t done what he’s done. “I think he will blossom with some more personal films,” he says of his old friend Scorsese. While Lucas he describes as “a terrific experimental film-maker”. It’s unlikely either of them still share Coppola’s appetite for adventure, though.
“You have to continue to jump off a cliff,” he says. “I don’t think things through; I feel them through. And I know that half the time I might not land right, and maybe there’s a pleasure in that, but in my life I have to say, that’s served me well. When you’re this old guy dying, you don’t wanna say, ‘I wish I had done that and that.’ In my case I did it. I did all the things other people would just regret that they didn’t try. Because in the end, you die. You don’t get any award for just being conservative.”