Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Ignites Cannes Frenzy and Heated Debate
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Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Ignites Cannes Frenzy and Heated Debate

17 May 2024
2 min.
Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Ignites Cannes Frenzy and Heated Debate

Epic Cinema Reimagined

At the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Francis Ford Coppola unveiled his long-anticipated sci-fi opus "Megalopolis." Featuring Adam Driver as visionary architect Cesar Catalina, this film has been over 40 years in the making and has captivated audiences with its bold vision.

Marking Coppola's first competition entry at Cannes since "Apocalypse Now" in 1979, "Megalopolis" is a futuristic, Shakespearean epic exploring the downfall of American society. Coppola conceived the idea over 40 years ago, inspired by his time on the set of "Apocalypse Now."

Tickets have been nearly impossible to obtain, with journalists clearing their schedules to catch press screenings. The anticipation was palpable as everyone prepared to witness Coppola's bold, maverick art.

Outside Cannes’ largest theater, eager fans started lining up at 4:30 a.m., hoping for last-minute seats. Among them were film students who had also camped out for last year's premiere of Martin Scorsese’s "Killers of the Flower Moon." They've since formed a WhatsApp group to collaborate on film projects, embodying the spirit of camaraderie.

Despite mixed early reviews, the film has become a must-see, intriguing audiences even more.

Set in a futuristic New Rome resembling New York, the film features scandalous tabloids and iconic landmarks. Catalina’s utopian vision clashes with the corrupt mayor’s traditional methods, sparking intense drama.

Aubrey Plaza shines as Wow Platinum, a gold-digging reporter amidst bacchanalian excesses reminiscent of "The Wolf of Wall Street," including a provocative sex scene blending business and pleasure.

Most arresting for audiences is a moment when the movie literally leaps off the screen, with a live performer interacting with Driver on screen. This innovative element challenges traditional cinema, reflecting Coppola's vision of creating a new cinematic experience.

The reactions from audience members were mixed but passionate. "It’s really something. I don’t know if it’s my favorite movie, but it’s the best cinema experience I’ve ever had," said Ognjen Belić, 20, an art history student from Belgrade, Serbia.

Regardless of mixed reviews, audiences agree: "Megalopolis" is a unique experience. "You have to see it," said one attendee. "It’s a universal, surprising, and wonderfully weird journey into cinema."

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