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Photos, Youth Without Youth
  • A photo of Matt and Lucy arriving at Miami airport from London is from People. Other photos from the airport, including one of Matt holding Isabella (in her first photo of the year) are at Mavrix Online or PopSugar.

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  • The upcoming DVD for Youth Without Youth is reviewed at DVD Talk, including a reference to Matt (who has a cameo in the movie).

    A feature-length audio commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola is a typical informative gem from the filmmaker. A natural storyteller, Coppola is at ease exploring the esoteric leanings of his film, sharing with the listener his intention to challenge convention and himself with this strange picture.

    Here Coppola discusses the spiritual angles of the story; his disgust with modern-day title sequences; the history behind the film's many eras; the intent of novella writer Mircea Eliade; his preference to use real cuisine over bland prop food; the professional generosity of Matt Damon; and the overwhelming linguistic research and painstaking execution.
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2008 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    I like Coppola's high ideals, but at the end of the day a movie has to be watchable and connect with an audience emotionally. Youth Without Youth failed to do that probably because it was too cold and uninvolving and just a really odd story. But at least he was willing to take a risk; that's something in these days of demographics, risk avoidance and movie making by numbers.

    Love the pic of Matt and Lucy, you picked the best of the bunch. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2008 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Marcia, and thanks for your comments. The rare family photos are lovely. There were also photos of Matt pictured solo at Heathrow (he manages to convince the paparazzi into not taking family pics most of the time). I think Alexia's also in the Miami photos, but out of sight.

    YWY hasn't made it to Australia yet (but Gone Baby Gone only opened last week), so I'll get the DVD. I admire Coppola and it was a passion project for him, not a commercial one.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2008 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'd love to know your opinion of Gone Baby Gone.

    It's finally got a release date here but not until June, it should have opened here last year but has been delayed because of a little girl being snatched whilst on holiday with her family. You can email me privately if you don't want to post on here. Thanks, Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 22nd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)


    I'll keep it brief. I thought it was a very average story and very average movie with an interesting moral ending. Definite sense of place, but that's about it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GBG

    Thanks, M
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GBG

    I had a similar reaction. I thought the cinematography was really beautiful but I was left wanting something more from the film overall. I felt the same way about Mystic River (another film based on a Dennis Lehane novel) so it might be the novels themselves.
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