Youth Without Youth
(USA/Romania/France/Italy, 2007, 125 minutes)
An elderly academician is struck by lightning and finds himself a young man again, with a second chance at life. Sweepingly old-fashioned romantic fantasy, an exquisitely rendered throwback to 1940s supernatural fables that bewildered all but the director's faithful followers.
A Pathé release. American Zoetrope presents a co-production of SRG Atelier, Pricel and BIM Distribuzione. Starring Tim Roth; Alexandra Maria Lara; Bruno Ganz, André M. Hennicke, Marcel Iures, Adrian Pintea, Florin Piersic Jr.; and introducing Alexandra Pirici. Directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola; screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novella by Mircea Eliade, Youth Without Youth; music by Osvaldo Golijov; director of photography (colour, widescreen), Mihai Malaimare Jr.; production designer, Calin Papura; costume designer, Gloria Papura; film editor, Walter Murch.