Coppola’s Tetro Gets Modest Reviews

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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.

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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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