This is not the Godfather I’m talking about.
He’s directed classic films with the themes of secrets and deception, such as The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now. So what does Francis Ford Coppola have to say to artists, specifically filmmakers, about whether they should lie?
…If you lie, you will only trip yourself up. You will always get caught in a lie. It is very important for an artist not to lie, and most important is not to lie to yourself. There are some questions that are inappropriate to ask, and rather than lie, I will not answer them because it’s not a question I accept. So many times we are asked things in our work or in life that you want to lie, and all you have to do is say, "No, that is an improper question."
So when you get into a habit of not lying when you are writing, directing, or making a film, that will carry your personal conviction into your work. And, in a society where you say you are very free but you’re not entirely free, you have to try. There is something we know that’s connected with beauty and truth. There is something ancient. We know that art is about beauty, and therefore it has to be about truth.
From an interview with Mr. Coppola by Ariston Anderson.
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