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The Liberation of Francis Ford Coppola” (December), Bruce Handy profiles the legendary filmmaker as

The Liberation of Francis Ford Coppola” (December), Bruce Handy profiles the legendary filmmaker as he prepares to release Youth Without Youth, his first picture as a director in a decade—and one of the most audacious in his entire filmography. The movie, which stars Tim Roth and is adapted from a Romanian novella, is dense and at times surreal. Prominent among its many themes are the questions of measuring a life’s work, coming to terms with—or rejecting—the personal sacrifices one makes for one’s career, and suffering the pain of unrealized ambitions. In these outtakes from their conversations, conducted on the grounds of Coppola’s impossibly picturesque estate and vineyard in the Napa Valley, the director talks to Handy about parallel issues in his own life. To read “The Liberation of Francis Ford Coppola,” pick up the December Vanity Fair.

It’s very hard today. My daughter [Sofia Coppola, the director] now has a cute little baby, and she’s in Paris, and my son [Roman, also a filmmaker] is in L.A. It’s sort of a little sad that, you know, I have this ... [Gestures out toward his vineyards and estate.] I mean, you can’t believe how beautiful this estate is. There are places on it that are breathtaking, and it’s [nearly] 2,000 acres. And to have my kids, my grandkids here—but I don’t. It’s partly because my kids have been so successful. My wife always tells me that, because I lament: “Where are my kids? Where are my grandkids?” And my wife says, “Well, you gave them a wonderful thing. Aside from everything else you’ve given them, you’ve given them the livelihood that they can go and pursue their own lives.” You know, parents who empower their children, ultimately their children leave. [Laughs.] But you can be satisfied, you can be happy you did that. Better than kids who are hanging around, sort of dependent on you or something. My kids are not like that.
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