Cin­e­matic dy­nasty Three gen­er­a­tions of Cop­pola in film

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Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola

Now 75, leg­endary US di­rec­to­rof the early 1970s. Along with Ital­ian-Amer­i­can con­tem­po­raries such as Martin Scors­ese, Wil­liam Fried­kin and Brian De Palma, he brought Euro­pean en­er­gies to US cin­ema. Still at work on odd ball projects such as Twixt. Key works: The God­fa­ther, The God­fa­ther Part II, The Con­ver­sa­tion, Apoc­a­lypse Now.

Talia Shire

Fran­cis’s sis­ter. Mar­ried to the great film com­poser David Shire, the ac­tress had a gift for poignant vul­ner­a­bil­ity. But she also dida good Lady Mac be thin the unlovely third God­fa­ther pic­ture. Key works: The God­fa­ther, The God­fa­ther Part II, Rocky.

Ni­cholas Cage

Born Ni­co­las Cop­pola, Cage is the son of Fran­cis’s brother Au­gust. Be­gan as a star of awk­ward, quasi- in­de­pen­dent films.Now most of­ten seen in a vest sur­rounded by angry Rus­sian gang­sters. Key works: Leav­ing Las Ve­gas, Moon­struck, Rum­ble Fish, The Bad Lieu­tenant.

Ro­man Cop­pola

Son of Fran­cis. Can be seen asakid op­po­site Gia’s dad as Tom Ha­gen’s son in The God­fa­ther Part II. Wen­ton to di­rect pop videos and pro­duce fea­tures. Key works: co-writer of Wes An­der­son’s Moon­rise King­dom and The Dar­jeel­ing Limited. Pro­duced The Bling Ring.

Ja­son Schwartz­man

Talia’s son. Known for a sort of dazed cool, he first hit home as the star of Wes An­der­son’s Rush more and then be­came a vi­tal mem­ber of that di­rec­tor’s stock company. Good as Alan Sher­man in Sav­ing

Mr Banks. Key works: Rush­more, Moon­rise King­dom, Sav­ing Mr Banks, Big Eyes.

Sofia Cop­pola

Fran­cis’s daugh­ter. Just as films such as The God­fa­ther de­fined the early 1970s, Sofia’s Vir­gin Sui­cides (1999) caught the mil­len­nial con­fu­sion. Lost in Trans­la­tion was even bet­ter. Has strug­gled since.

Key works: Lost in Trans­la­tion, The Vir­gin Sui­cides, The Bling Ring.

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