The “godfather” of cinema, Francis Ford Coppola, is not very happy with the way films are made these days.
“Before, there were studio films. Now there are Marvel images. And what is a Marvel image? A Marvel picture is a prototype movie that’s made over and over and over and over again to look different,” he said bluntly of the recent influx of commercial films in an interview. with GQ magazine.
“I always tell my children, like [Oscar-winning ‘Lost in Translation’ director] Sofia – ‘Let your films be personal. Always make it as personal as possible because you are a miracle, you are even alive. Then your art will be a miracle because it reflects the stuff of someone who has no other,” the 82-year-old film legend continued.
“Whereas if you’re part of a school or ‘Yeah, I’m going to do a Marvel picture, and that’s the formula and I get it and I’ll do my best’, of course it will still have your individuality, but as art, do that and do something else. But if you’re going to do art, let it be personal. Let it be very personal to you.
But the ‘Godfather’ trilogy director also suggested that the movies he thinks are good enough are also somehow similar to each other.
“Even talented people – you could take ‘Dune’, directed by Denis Villeneuve, an extremely talented and gifted artist, and you could take ‘No Time to Die’, directed by… Cary Fukunaga – extremely gifted, talented and magnificent artists , and you could take these two films, and you and I could extract the same sequence from both and put them together. The same sequence where cars are all crashing into each other.
“They’ve all got this stuff in there, and they almost have to have it, if they’re going to justify their budget,” the Hofstra grad said. “And those are the good movies and the talented filmmakers.”
In 2019, Coppola caused heat among fans by echoing the director The feelings of Martin Scorsese about how Marvel movies are “not cinema” and compared them to “theme parks”.
In a press conference at the time in Lyon, France, Coppola said that superhero movies were “despicable”.
He also noted the “lack of risk” currently blowing through film production.
“Marty Scorsese says Marvel’s image is not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain enlightenment, knowledge, inspiration,” he said. said the director of “Great Gatsby”. “You could say that I don’t know if anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again, which is the Marvel movies. One thing that has no risk.
“I’ve said it before, making a film without risk is like making a baby without sex,” he concluded. “Part of it is the risk, and that’s what makes it so interesting, which is why we learn so much when it’s done.”