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An offer you can't refuse

Coppola Francis Ford Coppola directed my two favorite movies of all time - and made a third that left me so intrigued about the art of filmmaking, I wound up pursuing film criticism as a career.

But Coppola hadn't directed a movie since 1997's The Rainmaker, which is why I have never had the opportunity to interview him. Fortunately, both things are about to change. Coppola's new film, Youth Without Youth, will be released this fall by Sony Pictures Classics, and the director will be visiting Miami as part of the Miami Beach Cinematheque's month-long retrospective/exhibition of his films.

CODA: Thirty Years Later, a documentary shot during the making of Youth Without Youth that explores the director's iconoclastic career, will be screened at the Colony Theater on May 13, followed by an hour-long Q&A with Coppola moderated by yours truly (yes, there will be Godfather questions). Tickets will go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster or at the Colony Theater boxoffice.

Rumble20fish_2 The rest of the program, which runs throughout May, includes screenings of all three Godfather films; Apocalypse Now Redux and its amazing making-of documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse; Rumble Fish (pictured above); One From the Heart; and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

For more information, including ticket prices for all events and a complete schedule, visit www.mbcinema.com

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