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One from the Heart (1982)

Cast: Frederic Forrest, Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, more...
Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
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Studio: Fantoma
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy
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Synopsis
After completing Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola initially planned for his next picture to be an intimate romantic musical shot on a low budget in Las Vegas. Three years later, One from the Heart had mushroomed into a big-budget spectacular, shot on strikingly stylized sets at his newly opened Zoetrope Studio and costing a then-massive $27 million. The story concerns Hank (Frederick Forrest) and Franny (Terri Garr), a working-class couple living on the outskirts of Las Vegas; after five years together, their relationship has fallen into a rut, and they both set off in search of new partners. Hank meets up with Leila (Nastassia Kinski), a beautiful high-wire artist, and Franny has a fling with Ray (Raul Julia), a dashing actor-waiter. But Hank and Franny still love each other, and their search for romance brings them back into each other's arms. Singer/songwriter Tom Waits received an Oscar nomination for his widely acclaimed song score, performed with country crooner Crystal Gayle. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Feature-length commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola
  • Isolated music-only track


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One from the Heart (1982)
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One from the Heart (Bonus Disc) (1982)
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I Believe in Francis C. by Saroz February 9, 2004 - 11:47 PM PST
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4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Please see also my review of the film itself (disc 1 of 2).

This features a sheer wealth of documentaries, both old and new, on almost every aspect of One from the Heart's creation, as well as a special one on the history of Zoetrope Studios, which was bankrupted by the project. You can find out more about Coppola's shooting technique of 'electronic cinema,' Tom Waits' score, the stop-motion effects, and even the massive rehearsals for the picture. A selection of deleted and alternate scenes, alternate takes of Waits' score, trailers and other ephemera round out this excellent package. Highly recommended in tandem with the film.

This one's from Coppola's heart by Saroz February 9, 2004 - 11:41 PM PST
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
One from the Heart is a typical story of two lovers breaking up, running around and ultimately coming back together, but the simplicity allows for experimentation. The stylized, studio-bound film's complexities are revealed by Tom Waits' light jazz score and Vittorio Storaro's very theatrical lighting. Both are well-served by a gorgeous, eye-popping re-mastered transfer and 5.1 mix (an isolated score is also available). Modern day stylized films like Moulin Rouge owe a lot to this movie.

Director Francis Ford Coppola's highly engaging commentary goes into detail of his aspirations for "live cinema" - a product that combines the beauty of film with aspects of live television and theatre. He stands by his film despite its failure; it's easy to see how this unconventional film flopped, but you can't help but get swept up in Coppola's vision.

Casual viewers may find One from the Heart pretty boring, but it should be required viewing for budding filmmakers. There's also an excellent supplements disc, which must be seen alongside the film.

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