Francis Ford Coppola

Event has passed (Thu Sep 21, 2017 - Thu Sep 21, 2017)
City Lights Bookstore
Literary, Film / Television


a reception and booksigning celebrating the release of

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

by Francis Ford Coppola

published by Liveright Publishing

From one of the masters of twentieth-century cinema, an indispensable and entertaining guide to a visionary new form of moviemaking that can be appreciated by the avid film buff and general movie lover alike.

Keenly aware that advancements in digital tools have literally revolutionized every technological aspect of cinema over the last twenty-five years, Francis Ford Coppola is convinced that this same transformation will profoundly alter the way films are conceived and directed, bringing changes as momentous as those when moviemaking shifted from the silent era to "talkies." Already such a prototype exists in sports, where advanced digital technology and multiple cameras all filming at once have produced live sporting events of extraordinary sophistication that are regularly viewed on one's television screen. But the time is not far off, Live Cinema and Its Techniques demonstrates, when a director or a collaborative team of filmmakers working across the internet will create "live" movies that will be sent instantly via satellite for viewing throughout the world.

Francis Ford Coppola, the Academy Award–winning director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, is creating a four-part "live cinema" movie based on his own family's multigenerational history. He lives in Napa Valley, California, and New York.

Advance Praise for Live Cinema and Its Techniques:

"In this surprising new book—part memoir, part diary, part guide—Francis Ford Coppola reenergizes himself and the reader with his search for a new way of storytelling. Live Cinema and Its Techniques blends elements of Coppola's autobiography, his encyclopedic knowledge of film and television, and his creative process toward a new language of cinema." — William Friedkin


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