Acad shows affection for Coppola’s ‘Heart’

Bernstein: Film 'stands on its own as an experiment'

HOLLYWOOD — Though 1982’s “One From the Heart” was surely a financial failure (cast members nicknamed the film “One From the Pocketbook”), it was the pic’s artistic success that was highlighted at Friday’s Motion Picture Academy screening of a restored/re-edited print.

“It was before its time, it was after its time, I think it was out of time,” said screenwriter-producer Armyan Bernstein. “It’s hard to criticize this film because it’s, like, compared to what? It stands on its own as an experiment.”

For the pic’s primary alchemist, helmer Francis Ford Coppola, the depth of affection for the film is exceeded only by how deeply it left him in debt: It took 10 years to pay Chase Manhattan the $30 million his American Zoetrope owed from this and other experiments gone awry.

The helmer expressed no affection for the critics who prematurely reviewed the unfinished film from “blind bidding” screenings. “That set the tone that the picture was a failure when it wasn’t even done,” said Coppola. “I felt that was such an injustice.”

Among those on hand for the pre-reception and post-screening Q&A were moderator David Thomson; stars Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest, Lainie Kazan, Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton; production designer Dean Tavoularis; and the Academy’s Frank Pierson, Sid Ganis, Ric Robertson and Bruce Davis.

During the Q&A, it was mentioned that a DVD version with accompanying docu should come out in early 2004.

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