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Paris Can Wait director Eleanor Coppola
By Iain Blair

There are famous Hollywood dynasties, and then there’s
the Coppolas, with such
giant talents as Francis,
Sofia, Roman, Nicolas
Cage and the late Carmine.

While Eleanor, the matriarch
of the clan and Francis’ wife, has long been recognized as a multi-talented artist in her own right thanks to her acclaimed documentaries and books (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, Notes on a Life), it’s only recently — at the age of 81 — that she’s written, produced and directed her first feature, Paris Can Wait.

It stars Oscar-nominee Diane Lane as a woman who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. At a crossroads in her life, and long married to an inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a garrulous business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines and picturesque sights.

Maybe it’s something in the water — or the famed Coppola wine, or her genes — but like her many family members, Eleanor Coppola seems to have a natural gift for capturing visual magic, and the French road trip unfolds like a sun-drenched adventure that makes you want to pack your bags and join the couple immediately.

I recently spoke with Coppola about making the film.

You began directing feature films at an age when most directors have long since retired. What took you so long?
I made documentaries, and my nature is to be an observer, so I never thought about doing a fiction film. But I had this true story, this trip I took with a Frenchman, and it felt like a really good basis for a road movie.

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has an interesting background. In addition to
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is also a colorist and visual effects artist.

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