Coppola’s Tetro Gets Modest Reviews


Coppola’s Tetro, which opened the Director’s Fortnight last night to modest reviews. Here’s an excerpt from Variety. Read the entire review here.

Although markedly better than his previous small-scaled, self-financed film, “Youth Without Youth,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” is still a work of modest ambition and appeal. Gloriously shot in mostly black-and-white widescreen in Buenos Aires, Coppola’s first original screenplay since 1974’s “The Conversation” hinges on the tension between two long-separated brothers dominated by an artistic genius father. The angst-ridden treatment of Oedipal issues makes the picture play out like a passably talented imitation of O’Neill, Williams, Miller and Inge, and thus it feels like the pale product of an over-tilled field. Coppola will release the film himself Stateside, doubtless to marginal returns, and in the long run, “Tetro” likely will be most remembered for introducing a highly promising young actor, Alden Ehrenreich.


2 Responses to “Coppola’s Tetro Gets Modest Reviews”

  1. David Chodos Says:

    “Modest ambition and appeal”????? I wonder if Adam saw the same movie that I saw. The movie I saw was a moving, magnificent, heart wrenching journey, masterfully written, directed and scored, and riviting from the first moment to the last. One could have heard a feather drop from the opening scene to the rolling of the credits. Coppola recieved a well deserved standing ovation from a stunned audience. Not an evening I am likely to forget.

    David Chodos

    • Adam Says:

      This is not my response to the film, but the Variety review. I still haven’t seen it. I was simply reporting the early word from the film’s screening in Cannes. Glad to hear its better than what Variety reported.

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