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Thursday, May 08, 2008 7:00 PM
Central Library
Thu, May 08, 7:00 PM [ALOUD]
Eleanor Coppola

Notes on a Life

In conversation with Deborah N. Landis, costume designer & author

Coppola—award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, wife and mother—employs the same insight and wit as she used in her Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now to this account of the next chapters in her life.

Eleanor Coppola, after graduating in Applied Design from UCLA, met her future husband, Francis Ford Coppola, while filming 'Dementia 13' in 1962 for which she was an assistant art director. They married in Las Vegas in 1963; their three children, Sofia, Roman and Gian-Carlo have followed them into the film industry. While her husband was working on Apocalypse Now, Eleanor kept extensive notes, which were published in 1979 as Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, as well as filming behind the scenes which ended up as Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, for which she was awarded an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming -Directing". Among other things, Eleanor Coppola manages the family winery in California, and designs for a dance company in San Francisco.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designer and author, received an M.F.A. in Costume Design (1975) from UCLA and a PhD in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, London; where her dissertation, "Scene Not Heard: The Role of Costume in the Cinematic Storytelling Process," was the first in costume design. Her collaboration with John Landis ranges from Animal House (1978) to Coming to America (1988) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award; and the costumes for the groundbreaking music video Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (1983). Landis has worked with directors are diverse as Steven Spielberg, including the iconic Indiana Jones for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), Louis Malle, and Costa Gavras. In 2005, Landis was honored by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as Distinguished Alumni.  Landis teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the American Film Institute, and is a professor at the University of the Arts, London. Dr. Landis recently completed her second term as president of The Costume Designer's Guild, Local 892, of which she has been a member for over thirty years. She is the author of Screencraft/Costume Design; 50 Designers/50Costumes: Concept to Character.  Her most recent book is Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume.

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