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Francis Ford Coppola to be honored with footprint ceremony and screening of 'The Conversation'

Francis Ford Coppola to be honored with footprint ceremony and screening of 'The Conversation'

Is there any doubt that Francis Ford Coppola is the greatest American filmmaker of the 1970s?

"The Godfather." "The Conversation." "The Godfather: Part II." "Apocalypse Now." Any two of those movies would put him in the running with Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and others as the decade's top director. But that four-film run, not to mention the screenwriting Oscar he collected for "Patton" and the producing nomination for "American Graffiti," puts him on another level.

The TCM Classic Film Festival honors Coppola at 10:30 a.m. April 29 with a handprint and...

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