The Godfather - Francis Ford Coppola Notebook
The never-before-published deluxe edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo, reveals the story behind one of the world’s most iconic films.
The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather, written before filming, by the man who wrote and directed it—Francis Ford Coppola, then only thirty-two years old—reveals the intense creative process that went into creating this seminal film. With meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo’s novel, the Notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook pulls back the curtain on the legendary filmmaker and the film that launched his illustrious career. Complete with an introduction by Francis Ford Coppola and exclusive photographs from on and off the set, this is a unique, beautiful, and faithful reproduction of Coppola’s original notebook.
This publication will change the way the world views the iconic film—and the process of filmmaking at large. A must-have book of the season. Nothing like it has ever been published before.
Francis Ford Coppola is an Academy Award–winning director, most noted for The Godfathertrilogy and Apocalypse Now. His remarkable film career has spanned five decades and he is considered one of the best modern American filmmakers.
"When Francis Ford Coppola was preparing to shoot The Godfather, he took a razor blade to Mario Puzo's 1969 book, cut out every page, and pasted them into a notebook. Then he scribbled in the margins and underlined important passages, while slashing others. For each section he planned to film, he included notes on synopsis, texture, tone, and pitfalls to avoid. That 700-plus-page notebook has been made available for the first time in this reproduction, which includes an introduction by Coppola himself. It's a stunning document of an iconic film, and a rare behind-the-scenes look at Coppola's creative process."
—NPR BEST BOOK OF 2016
Standard edition: 784 pages.
Publish date: Dec. 20, 2016
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
Bound in a flexibound deluxe paperback, with introduction and sheet photographs from the set.