Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coppola Movie Memorabilia

Coppola Winery
Had a great time at Rustic, Francis’s Favorites restaurant and after a nice dining experience we got chance to visit the mini-museum of Mr. Coppola's awards, costumes, movie props and screenplays. He is an extremely talented director, so it was great to take some time to recognize and appreciate his work in the cinema.

1948 Tucker Sedan
There’s a beautiful Tucker 48 sedan on display. Coppola made the movie, Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1988. It’s the story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept that really was too far ahead of its time.

The Tucker 48 (named after its model year) was an advanced automobile  conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949. Mr. Coppola has 2 Tuckers and George Lucas has one too.  

       Vlad's Armor                      Death Robe                Mira's Wedding Gown
Bram Stoker's Dracula’s costumes were also very interesting. The movie was a 1992 American horror fantasy directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. 

Shown in the exhibit is the armor worn by Vlad the Impaler, before he became Dracula. Also displayed is Dracula’s death robe after he returned to his younger self and was no longer Dracula. There’s also Mina’s wedding gown that she wore when she married Dracula. It's a complicated story. 

Godfather's Desk
The Godfather's desk where undertaker Amerigo Bonasera asked Don Corleone for a favor.

Francis Ford Coppola's Oscars
Francis Ford Coppola was born in1939 and is an American film director, producer & screenwriter who was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. There are five Oscars he won on display, which are: 

Patton (1971), Best Screenplay
The Godfather (1973), Best Screenplay
The Godfather Part II (1975) Best Picture
The Godfather Part II (1975) Best Director
The Godfather Part II (1975) Best Screenplay

Had a special time at the Coppola Winery, eating, drinking and seeing wonderful movie memorabilia. Can’t wait to return next year and  rent a Premium Cabine at the pool when it’s hot. Sonoma gets very hot in the summer!

Highly recommended!  

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1 comment:

  1. Hi LJ,
    I have to say that this type of stuff wouldn't always be my scene. I normally prefer to stumble my way sort of accidentally around what I feel is an "authentic experience." But hey when it comes to Francis Ford Coppola, I would definitely make an exception.

    It looks wonderful from your photos and description.