Spain HonorsCoppola the Master
American filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola has been honored with the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts.
Born on 7th April 1939 into an Italian-American family in Detroit, Michigan, Francis Ford Coppola grew up in New York in a home with ties to music and the cinema. His father, Carmine Coppola, was an instrumentalist and composer. His childhood was marked by polio, which kept him bedridden for over a year, but also by puppetry and editing family films in Super 8, which served as both a distraction and a source of learning. He majored in Theater Arts at Hofstra College (New York) and studied film at the UCLA Film School, where he earned a Master in Fine Arts Degree with his thesis project You’re a Big Boy Now (1966). His wide-ranging body of work, which includes films considered classics in cinema history, comprises more than 30 films as director, 27 as screenwriter and 74 as producer. In 1969 he created the American Zoetrope production company, which produced the early works of George Lucas, among others.