Now the author brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbing account of the next chapters in her life. In this new work we travel back and forth with her from the swirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of her family. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia's rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation. Even as she visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulled back to pursue her own art but is always focused on keeping her family safe.
The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger lead to a moving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and as a mother. Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola's powerful portrait of the conflicting demands of family, love, and art is at once very personal and universally resonant.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Her love for her family is the central theme. She shares her many talents and a tinge of the regret she seems to feel as the facilitator of the accomplishments of her husband and children in their endeavors.
Her role as mother ,above all else ,requires her to sublimate her many talents. Her joy that her family is doing well as the years roll on shines through. Her accomplishments as artist,writer and documentary film maker are substantial,but the reader sees that her steady supportive hand for her husband and children has played a huge role in allowing them to flourish as artists.
I really loved this book. The pain of losing her son, the behind the scenes look at what glitz and glamour is really like, her observations of nature and life around her. At times I felt like I was watching a scene from one of her daughter's films - the way things are observed on a table, or the unusual slices of life - and by allowing her mind to wander in the structure, it became clearer that it was like a Chuck Close portrait - where when you stand close to it the face disappears, but far away, comes into excruciating focus. Or to gaze upon Seurat's "La Grande Jette," an experience she recounts of "nearly fainting" from the intensity of the experiences.
It's an apt metaphor for her writing where one can feel the words as brushstrokes, the points of light as various experiences in her unusual journey. At times reading passages of behind the scenes descriptions of the shoot of Godfather III, or Dracula, or even attending the Oscar ceremony, I felt the same way I do when standing in a room full of Monet paintings, a sense of melancholy, of loss, and when I stand close to the canvas, I can feel the emotion of each brush stroke, but when I stand back across the room, I'm overwhelmed by the structure and clever connections that she's taken the reader through.
If someone plans to live a life in the glare of the limelight, this is required reading.
If someone wants to know what its like to live a life in the limelight, it's also required reading. The fact that she and her husband have stayed together and laughed and lived such an extraordinary life is worth examining. The incredibly pain and sense of loss of their son permeates the book, but also underlines and expands and reflects the light coming from both of them as they've somehow been able to survive this incredible journey together. And there's fun here as well, sensuality, I can almost taste her description of various meals, a memorably one with Alice Waters, inside Eleanor's Napa valley kitchen as she stirs an espresso or the smell of chicken in the oven.
And not to gild the lilly, but the paintings of Edward Hopper come to mind - a sense of isolation betwixt the wonderment of the glare of light surrounding the author.
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Slowly but surely, through their encouragement and support, we develop a stronger sense of self. At some point, someone saw you struggling and gave you hope. At some point, someone saw something in you that you didn't yet see in yourself. Who you are today is a direct result of that person's faith in you. Belief, founded or unfounded, is incredibly powerful--and when someone else believes in us, it's unforgettable. Tell someone what a huge difference he or she made in your life. Reading your note will make a huge difference in that person's life--and in your relationship.
Write an apology to a person you let down. We've all made mistakes.
We've all done things we regret. Or we haven't done things--and we regret not acting.
I am a great believer of the saying that getting lost allows you to (re)discover yourself. Thus, I travel a lot, and most of the time alone. Sometimes. Tell someone what a huge difference he or she made in your life. Reading your note will make a huge difference in that person's life--and in.
We've all failed to step up, or step in, or show support, or lend an ear or shoulder Maybe you feel you've moved past it. Maybe you feel the other person has moved past it, too. An apology not made is the elephant in a room. No matter how much time has passed, it still colors every subsequent interaction.
And be rational again. One day, I might have a look at these notes once again; simply to prevent them from being forgotten. Consider this as a manifesto. Well, I love manifestos. I thought, someday I would have to write one like that. Perhaps that one day is going to be today. Although these notes would probably only account a bit of it. So, carefully think about the words we choose to use.
Therefore, when you say it; make sure you mean it. May it be through an event, or even more, through a person. Fall in love, make mistakes, break your heart, and probably start over. However, perhaps, the level of requital that we get might be higher or lower than our expectations. Let life surprises you.
And try not to regret when that happens, especially when you have failed in protecting it. Let it wander to a better place, a place that would keep it safe. What usually comes as a dream might suddenly show up as a nightmare. Since then, your sleeps and naps would never be the same anymore.