The Next Conversation

Popular American cinema is dead, and the Hollywood Sign sleeps with the fishes. Our information age’s data flood has drowned it in a sea of digital leisure time. Francis Ford Coppola recently put it more succinctly to a Bloomberg interviewer in Beirut. “The cinema as we know it is falling apart,” he said, adding that he sees the industry going toward directors’ real-time interaction with the audience. Want to ask a follow-up question? Do it this Saturday at the Miami Beach Cinematheque after the 2 p.m. premiere of the director’s new film, Tetro, followed by a live webcast Q&A with Coppola (who’ll be in Greece).

Tetro is an Argentine-Italian family drama and Coppola’s first original script since 1974’s The Conversation, a paranoid mindfuck starring Gene Hackman in one of his best performances. Cost is $12, $11 for students and seniors, and $10 for MBC members.
Sat., Oct. 31, 2 p.m., 2009

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