A look back at this day in film history
July 06
November 14, 1969
Coppola's Dream Machine

Inspired by the filmmaking systems he had seen in Europe, this week in 1969 Francis Ford Coppola set up his own utopian film company, American Zoetrope. The company got its name from a zoetrope (a pre-cinematic projection device) which Coppola had been given by filmmaker Mogens Scott-Hansen, and was co-founded with George Lucas, who Coppola had met while he was filming Finian’s Rainbow on the Warner Brothers lot, where Lucas was an intern. The pair originally planned to base themselves in a mansion in the Bay Area’s Marin County, but temporarily housed the firm and their numerous pieces of equipment in a warehouse in San Francisco. The first American Zoetrope production was Lucas’ debut, THX 1138 (1971), and while the company still exists today, it is now located in San Francisco’s famous Sentinel Building and is owned by Coppola’s two filmmaking children, Sofia and Roman.

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Sylvester Stallone July 6, 1946
Sylvester Stallone born

Sylvester Stallone, born on this day in 1946, traveled a rough and unlikely road to stardom. Stallone’s very existence was tenuous as, according to his mother, Jackie, Stallone’s father, hairdresser Frank, had wanted him aborted.

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July 6, 1998
Roy Rogers Dies

When Roy Rogers died in 1998, it marked the end of two different people. One was Leonard Franklin Slye who was born November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati. The other was Roy Rogers, the king of the cowboys, who was born in 1942, when the alienated Midwesterner Leonard decided to recreate himself in California.

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