Cinema: Going for the Cheeky Gamble

Coppola previews his new film and puts his studio on the line

Our story so far: daredevil film maker (Apocalypse Now, the Godfather films) and presumptive bankrupt Francis Ford Coppola had just fired himself out of a cannon wearing a fine black beard and a jaunty smile but perhaps (there was a lot of public relations smoke) no leotard. Would he land in a bed of rose petals thrown by critics enraptured by his new film One from the Heart? Would his feud with Paramount Pictures, which had rescued his Zoetrope Studios from financial...

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