Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to director Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental 1981 romantic musical drama One from the Heart, I will have to make do with a transcript of it (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 14, 1988 (read here). While Cox does not hate One from the Heart, he does feel that it’s straightforward love story meshes uneasily with it’s (actually) $26 million budget (he said $25 million), which was spent on lavish sets and dance numbers. At first, I thought he was out of his mind when he dismissed Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle’s songs as awful, but thankfully, he elaborates on this by implying that it is not so much the songs as it is with it’s relationship to certain scenes in the film. Personally, I adore One from the Heart for all the elements Cox sees as drawbacks. Along with Peter Bogdanovich’s At Long Last Love and Martin Scorsese’s New York New York, Coppola’s One from the Heart is a daring entry within the musical genre that (sadly) could have only been made during a period that appreciated such genius whether it be a success or folly – apparently all three of them ended up in the latter category. The period I am talking about here is obviously the New Hollywood era (1965-1983). Hit or miss (and I count myself in the former group), One from the Heart makes Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (with all due respect to him, the film and it’s supporters) look like the bland overrated tripe that it is. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Francis Ford Coppola films, read here.
I do not know what is considered to be the actual original theatrical trailer for it, but here is a youtube link to one of the American ones below
Though it says 2003 on the description, I think the youtube link to this one below may have came much earlier than that