Eleanor Coppola is an American documentary filmmaker and writer. She is married to director Francis Ford Coppola, she is most known for her 1991 documentary film Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse as well as other documentaries chronicling the films of her husband and children. Coppola lives on her family's winery in California. Eleanor Coppola was born Eleanor Jessie Neil, on May 4, 1936, in California, her father was a political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Examiner who died when she was 10 years old. She was raised by Delphine Neil in Sunset Beach, California, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in applied design and was a member of the women's fraternity Alpha Chi Omega. While working on the set of the 1962 horror film Dementia 13, she met her future husband Francis Ford Coppola, her position was assistant art director, while Coppola was making his directorial debut with the film. The couple had been dating for several months. Eleanor considered giving the baby up for adoption, but was convinced otherwise by Francis Ford Coppola.
The couple married in Las Vegas on February 2, 1963 and gave birth to their first son Gian-Carlo Coppola. Years Eleanor gave birth to Roman and Sofia Coppola. Eleanor has been a constant presence on films directed by her famous family members, her film contribution consists of documentaries in which she has acted as director, cinematographer and writer. Many of her documentaries consist of behind-the-scenes looks at such films as Marie Antoinette, directed by her daughter Sofia Coppola. In her documentaries, Eleanor captures the struggles that have endangered her family's films before they made it onto the big screen. Through her film work, Eleanor Coppola is able to illustrate not only what goes into a film financially, but capture the emotional toll filmmaking has on the individuals on and off the camera. For her early film career, Eleanor Coppola spent much of her time accompanying her husband on his film shoots. In 1976, she began documenting the making of Coppola's war film Apocalypse Now.
Her recordings of the hectic film process were released in her memoir Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now in 1979. The book chronicled such events as the near destruction of the film's production as well as the stress that both cast and crew were suffering from at the time; this would not be the only documentation of the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now as she decided to film a documentary based on the same movie. The documentary film Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse was co-directed by Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper. In the film, Eleanor narrates the trials and difficulties surrounding the production of the award-winning film as not only problems arose with the studio but the cast and crew working at the time; such events caught on camera include the nervous breakdown of the film's lead Martin Sheen as well as the trouble facing Francis Ford Coppola when an expensive set was destroyed. The documentary film was released in 1991, which went on to win several awards such as the Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Directing".
The film was nominated for a Director’s Guild of America Documentary Award in 1991. Coppola made her feature film directorial debut with the 2016 romantic comedy Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane as a wealthy film producer's wife and Arnaud Viard as a charming Frenchman who drives her from Cannes to Paris; the film premiered at the at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2020 Coppola released her second feature film, Love is Love is Love, a set if intertwined love stories about three couples. Eleanor Coppola has written two successful books, her first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, recorded the film's journey from 1976 to 1979. Her detailed note-taking continued in other areas of her life as she collected and wrote about her life's major events. With notes consisting of thirty year time span, Eleanor would go on to write the book Notes on a Life; the memoir Notes on a Life follows thirty years of Eleanor Coppola's life as she juggles raising children and being there for Francis as he directs films that move the family from place to place.
The book consists of short passages from each day beginning with the death of her oldest son Gian-Carlo Coppola at the age of 22 and the birth of her granddaughter Gia just months later. The death of Gian-Carlo Coppola serves as a constant reminder throughout the entire book; the book is told through her own point of view and although she mentions certain events concerning those around her, such as the controversy surrounding Francis' decision to cast Sofia in The Godfather Part III. Her memoir chronicles the inner problems the family faced at the time; the organization Circle of Memory was founded by Eleanor Coppola and other artists to commemorate missing and lost loved ones. Her artwork has been featured in galleries around the world. Eleanor Coppola founded the project in memory of her late son Gian-Carlo Coppola. Eleanor Coppola has designed costumes for the Oberlin Dance Company, she manages the Rubicon Estate Winery that her family owns. Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now by Eleanor Coppola Notes on a Life by Eleanor Coppola Coppola family tree List of female film and television directors Interview with Ms. Coppola Eleanor Coppola on IMDb Rubicon Estate Winery Coppola's Windows on SFMOMA Open Space
Stage Door Cartoon is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. Elmer Fudd attempts to catch Bugs Bunny with a carrot on a fish hook, but Bugs attaches the hook to Elmer's pants and reels Elmer in. Elmer chases Bugs into a Vaudeville theater. Bugs dances plays the piano where Elmer hides and gets bounced around. Bugs tricks Elmer into high-diving into a glass of water. Elmer is tricked into wearing a Shakesperean costume prompted by Bugs, acts does poses and silly faces. Elmer is tricked into performing a striptease down to his shorts. Bugs disguises himself as a southern sheriff while a real one arrests Elmer for "indecent southern exposure", but the sheriff stays for the Bugs Bunny cartoon on the movie screen. Elmer notices the scene with Bugs' disguise, thinks the sheriff is an impostor, pulls off his pants — disrobing a real sheriff, who furiously escorts Elmer out of the theater with his rifle as Bugs conducts the orchestra in a finale. VHS: Viddy-Oh! For Kids Cartoon Festivals: Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd Cartoon Festival Featuring "Wabbit Twouble" VHS: Cartoon Moviestars: Bugs Vs. Elmer LaserDisc: The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 3, Side 2, Bugs Bunny DVD: Hollywood Canteen DVD: Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2, Disc 4 DVD: Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 2, Disc 2 The cartoon's title is a parody of the 1943 musical film Stage Door Canteen.
This is the first cartoon to feature Bugs' signature song "What's Up Doc?" Playing during the title card. Bugs' goofy yell to Elmer, "Here I ya-um!" was a catchphrase used by radio star Red Skelton's country bumpkin character "Clem Kadiddlehopper". The Southern sheriff in this cartoon is a prototype of Yosemite Sam, confirmed in the Toonheads episode "Before They Were Stars"; this prototype version of Sam appears to be a little taller in height, older in age, is a good guy, a fan of Bugs and his cartoons, in contrast to the "official" Sam, evil, hates rabbits, shorter in height and younger in age with red hair. Bugs' final line, "I got a million of'em!" was a Jimmy Durante catchphrase. This cartoon marks the debut of "Untitled Soft Shoe Number", an original music score by Carl Stalling. Animation of Bugs dancing to this music cue would be re-used in Bugs Bunny Rides Again and Hot Cross Bunny; the basic plotline was re-used in the 1949 Bugs-and-Elmer cartoon, Hare Do and again in the 1950 Bugs-and-Elmer cartoon, Rabbit of Seville.
A modified version of the high dive is used in Hare Do, where Bugs tricks a blindfolded Elmer into riding a unicycle from a wire high above a stage into the jaws of a man-eating lion, with the result having an ending reminiscent to the ending of A Day at the Zoo, which featured Elmer's prototype Egghead being swallowed up by a lion. The high-diving gag from this cartoon is used as the entire plot device for High Diving Hare, where Yosemite Sam tries to force Bugs Bunny to perform the high-diving act when Fearless Freep is unavailable; the line Elmer is prompted by Bugs Bunny to recite is based upon Romeo and Juliet II.ii.2 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies filmography List of Bugs Bunny cartoons Shull, Michael S..