Notes on a Life

November 1, 2020
Notes on a Life

Eleanor Coppola shares her extraordinary life as an artist,filmmaker, wife, and mother in a book that captures the glamour andgrit of Hollywood and reveals the private tragedies and joys thattested and strengthened her over the past twenty years.Her first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now,was hailed as "one of the most revealing of all first hand looks atthe movies" (Los Angeles Herald Examiner). And now theauthor brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbingaccount of the next chapters in her life.In this new work we travel back and forth with her from theswirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of herfamily. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives herhusband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia'srise to fame with the film Lost in Translation. Even asshe visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulledback to pursue her own art, but is always focused on keeping herfamily safe. The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in1986 and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger leads to amoving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and amother.Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola's powerfulportrait of the conflicting demands of family, love and art is atonce very personal and universally resonant.