YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections


Bandits clean out Coppola offices

September 28, 2007|From the Associated Press

Armed bandits raided Francis Ford Coppola's Argentine headquarters and stole a computer with the screenplay for the upcoming feature film "Tetro," according to Buenos Aires news media.

The director of "The Godfather" apparently was not in Buenos Aires at the time of the robbery Wednesday night.

A federal police spokesman confirmed that a robbery had occurred and that a judge was investigating, but he said he could not give details.

The independent news agency Noticias Argentinas reported at least five people entered the offices of Zoetrope Argentina, tied up employees and took computers, cameras and other valuables.

The news agency said one of the stolen computers contained the 68-year-old director's script for "Tetro," a story about Italian immigrant artists set to begin shooting next year and starring Matt Dillon.

Calls to Coppola's New York-based representative were not returned.

Meanwhile, Coppola's first movie in a decade, "Youth Without Youth," will have its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday. The five-time Academy Award winner's first movie since 1997's "The Rainmaker" stars Tim Roth as a professor-turned-fugitive as World War II approaches.

Los Angeles Times Articles