One from the Heart

One from the Heart ★★★★★

In 2016, Damien Chazelle had everyone captivated with his vibrant musical/love story La La Land and it even went on to gain numerous awards but when you look at Francis Ford Coppola’s One From The Heart from 1982, you have to wonder why he didn’t receive the same recognition. This is a magically realised addition to Coppola’s filmography and probably the main reason it wasn’t accepted is because it was way ahead of its time. Admittedly, the love story underneath it all is threadbare but the style in which it’s delivered is absolutely wonderful. Better known, at the time, for its spiralling budget and for Coppola’s Zoetrope production company going bust simply because he poured everything into it. And it shows. It’s Las Vegas setting was meticulously recreated and filmed entirely on a studio lot and it works to brilliant effect. Dean Tavoularis’ production design feels like you’re watching a musical on stage and Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography is just a sumptuous mix of colour and neon lighting. This all plays out to a marvellous (and Oscar nominated) score by Tom Waits. Coppola was indeed ahead of his time here and this is a shamefully maligned piece of work that’s thoroughly deserving of a reappraisal.

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