Richard Horgan has an amusing blog item up on FilmStew about Francis Ford Coppola’s forthcoming Youth Without Youth and, more specifically, the press kit for the film, which is, to put it charitably, an abstruse exercise. Starring Tim Roth as an elderly linguistics professor who finds his age reversed after he survives a cataclysmic event, and Alexandra Maria Lara (Control, The Company) as his muse/lover/study subject, Youth Without Youth is to my mind — nominal, tangential intrigue involving Nazis aside — an extended metaphor of Coppola’s plaintive yearning for films of bygone youth, a film of muddy Faustian reversals. It’s a movie made in search of something, no doubt — an examination of intellectual pursuit told in an impressionistic style — but it seems uncertain of its own moves and rhythms.
So how do you sell this, in part? Well, you put together a press kit which in part features Coppola being interview by a Martian, naturally, a preciously constructed exchange in which the filmmaker is queried about thought and “the true nature of reality.”