On Thursday evening, some friends and I made a field trip to the Getty Research Center for (what I believe was ) a once in a lifetime opportunity. Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola spoke to an audience about the making of "The Godfather".
After reading Mario Puzo's The Godfather years ago, I've had something of an obsession with organized crime. The movie (along with the second one) is in my top 5 favorite films. We got the tickets back in October I believe, so I've been looking forward to the event for awhile now.
He was introduced by the Director of the Research Center, and then again by the interviewer. Upon coming onto the stage and taking a seat, his pant legs crept up a bit, revealing bright red socks. And his whole time on the stage was as endearing as those socks. The stories he told about the filming of the movie were fascinating and funny. It was so interesting to go "behind the scenes" so to speak on one of the greats. The Getty is quite close to UCLA so there were several film students at the event. Having gone to UCLA Film School himself, Coppola was very accommodating, answering their questions about his role as a filmmaker.
Even though he was born in Detroit an raised in Queens, he does have strong ties to California. In addition to studying at UCLA, he moved to Norther California over 30 years ago. He's also the owner of the Family Coppola Winery in Napa whose wines were served at the event.
I don't usually do evening events on a school night due to my early mornings, but this one was worth the missing hours of sleep.
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