Francis Ford Coppola & Martin Scorsese Assignment

Assignment due Wednesday, 2.08.17 noon

  • Watch one of the following films and write an evaluation using the evaluation image-originalguideline and aw-filmmakers-evaluation-rubric You can select either a Martin Scorsese film, or a Francis Ford Coppola film to view. I will also offer a selection on a film co-directed by Woody Allen).


  • Look for the following Francis Ford Coppola themes and trademarks:
  1. Family relationship themes.
  2. Often casts real-life relatives in films (Talia Shire –his sister, Sofia Coppola – his daughter, Nicolas Cage –Nephew).
  3. Has enjoyed directing adaptations.
  4. Characters experiencing a journey of maturity or discovery.francis-ford-coppola
  5. A search for hope in hopeless situations.
  6. Misunderstood or underappreciated characters.
  7. New York as a backdrop
  8. Genius use of sound, music, and sound design.


Francis Ford Coppola Films

The Godfather (1972) also writer

The Conversation (1974) also writer/producer3ce0a0_214e41e2b1be4ae8a1b7abf86af29453

Apocalypse Now (1979) also writer/producer

The Outsiders (1983)

The Cotton Club (1984) also writer

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

New York Stories (segment: Life Without Zoe) (1989) also writer (w/ Martin Scorsese & Woody Allen)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) also producerb2d9a5574309da8aeead337995396f2b

Jack (1996) also producer

The Rainmaker (1997) also writer

Youth Without Youth (2007) also writer



  • Look for the following Martin Scorsese themes and trademarks:
  1. Mobsters or criminal elements/crime violence.411-77
  2. Italian/Irish connections.
  3. Themes of Religion (or Man vs. Religion)
  4. Corrupt Authority Figures.
  5. Often works with Robert Deniro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis,
  6. New York as a backdrop
  7. Conflict overcoming character.
  8. Slow motion shots & Close up of eyes.
  9. Characters serving as loners, dealing with regret and loss.
  10. Unique use of music and silence.


Note: Scorsese is also an award-winning documentary maker –and has produced several music-based documentaries.

Martin Scorsese Feature Filmsraging-bull

Taxi Driver (1976)

New York, New York (1977)

Raging Bull (1980)

The King of Comedy (1982)

After Hours (1985)

The Color of Money (1986)

New York Stories: (segment: Life Lessons) (1989) also writer (w/ Francis Ford Coppola & Woody Allen)

GoodFellas (1990)the_age_of_innocence

Cape Fear (1991)

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Casino (1995)

Kundun (1997)

Bringing out the Dead (1999)

Gangs of New York (2003)

The Aviator (2004)the-aviator-2004

The Departed (2006)

Shutter Island (2010)

Hugo (2011)

Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Silence (2016)


Martin Scorsese Music Documentaries (supplemental Viewing)

The Band: The Last Waltz (1978) 002bb1bc

The Blues (2003) –Mini-series

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home (2005)

The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light (2008)


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