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All Things Considered

Feb 09, 2013 BY Lily Percy

The Movie Roman Coppola Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Charlotte Rampling and Woody Allen in his film Stardust Memories.
Charlotte Rampling and Woody Allen in his film Stardust Memories.

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

The movie that writer-director Roman Coppola, whose credits include CQ, Moonrise Kingdom and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III — currently playing in theaters — could watch a million times is Woody Allen's Stardust Memories.


Interview Highlights

On why he finds Stardust Memories so funny

"The film is filled with references and inside jokes that pertain to [Woody Allen's] body of work and other films that he admires, and it's all played for laughs but the humor is rather tied to the vest so the things that I find to be very hilarious are hilarious in a very subtle way."

On why he watches the film over and over again

"It's a film that I routinely watch, you know, if I'm not sure what I want to see, and then you end up getting sucked into it. So, there are certain movies that for some reason have that quality. I think Dr. Strangelove is another one; All That Jazz, for me, Annie Hall -- there are a handful of movies — and for some reason they are so rich that to watch it again and to pick it up in the middle or to just watch a scene or you know, to have a little contact with it is just so welcome. So it's a mystery."

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