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Francis Ford Coppola: Making 'The Godfather' Was A 'Frightening Experience'

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

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To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

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From WHYY in Philadelphia