During the nineties Francis Ford Coppola was in Rome, to present his Dracula, and I had an interview with him for Rai television. We talk half an hour about his inspiration by Welles' version ,that he confirmed. At the very end of the interview I asked him, with a bashful disappointment, if he ever considered, during the Zoetrepe period in which he worked with Kurosawa and Michael Powell, to contact Welles for producing his unfinished or even for new projects. many years before - he replied - he was in the kitchen, working at the financial balance after Apocalypse Now. In the same time, he told, the tap water was turned on and someone entered in announcing that Orson Welles was at the phone for him.
Coppola lefts his papers on the table and went to the telephone. They had a one-hour-conversation in which spoked of a possible collaboration between them. The result was that Welles should have been contacted by FFC in the very next days with a positive reply. But he never did. And the tap faucet wasn't turned off during their long conversation. After some years - Coppola added - he built his private projection room where he had the kitchen. And a large blot on the wall is still there to remember his sense of fault.
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