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The Movie Roman Coppola Has 'Seen A Million Times'

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The Movie Roman Coppola Has 'Seen A Million Times'

The Movie Roman Coppola Has 'Seen A Million Times'

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

On this show, we've been asking filmmakers about the movies they never get tired of watching - the ones that they could watch again and again, including this one from the cowriter of "Moonrise Kingdom."

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ROMAN COPPOLA: My name is Roman Coppola. I'm a writer and director. And the movie I've seen a million times is "Stardust Memories" by Woody Allen, starring Woody Allen and Charlotte Rampling.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STARDUST MEMORIES")

COPPOLA: Well, the film was about a filmmaker who is invited to attend a retrospective of his work, and it becomes an occasion for him to do a little self-analysis and review of where he stands. And he has different recollections and memories from the past bubble up, and so the film has a very wonderful freedom to travel here and there through his memories and through his fantasies. And it's a film that is endlessly imaginative and, you know, has wonderful surprises around every corner.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STARDUST MEMORIES")

COPPOLA: The film is filled with references and inside jokes that pertain to his body of work and other films that he admires. And it's all played for laughs, but the humor is rather tight to the vest. So things that I find to be very hilarious are hilarious in a very subtle way.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STARDUST MEMORIES")

COPPOLA: There's so many wonderful scenes in the movie. And the one that comes back to me, I guess, is there's a scene where the Woody Allen character speaks about his relationship with the Charlotte Rampling character.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STARDUST MEMORIES")

COPPOLA: He recalls a memory of a Sunday morning, and there's an image of him looking at her. And she's reading the paper, she's laying on the floor and flipping through the Sunday paper.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STARDUST MEMORIES")

COPPOLA: And he evokes this feeling, this memory of this incredible moment they shared. And in a way, all the troubles and all the difficulty they had sort of melts away. And at least he had that.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STARDUST MEMORIES")

COPPOLA: And to be able to portray that, you know, in a film is just magical.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STARDUST")

LYDEN: That's writer/director Roman Coppola talking about the movie that he could watch a million times, Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories." Coppola's new film, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," is in theaters now.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STARDUST")

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