Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth is a return to the intensely personal work that characterized his early career.
TRUE, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH is the legendary director's first film since an adaptation of John Grisham's The Rainmaker in 1997, but one would have to reach back even further to find an appropriate comparison in his oeuvre. A remarkably challenging and absorbing film that Coppola paid for himself, Youth Without Youth is a return to the intensely personal work that characterized his early career. (Its portrait of technology and alienation echoes much of 1974's The Conversation.) So it may come as a shock that Youth Without Youth is also a rather faithful adaptation of Romanian philosopher Mircea Eliade's 1976 novella. In relating the story of Dominic Matei, an aging, depressed scholar who is struck by lightning one evening in 1938 and magically perfected into a perpetually youthful immortal able
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