Another week, another famed filmmaker has given a quote which will get Marvel fanboy underwear in a twist.
Last time it was Martin Scorsese who dubbed superhero movies and Marvel juggernauts in particular as theme park rides and “not cinema,” then calling on movie theaters to support ‘narrative films’.
Now “Apocalypse Now,” “The Conversation” and “The Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola has gone further. Speaking in France where he’s accepting the Prix Lumiere award for his contributions to cinema, Coppola was asked about Scorsese’s comments.
Coppola didn’t hold back and not only agreed with Scorsese, but was even harsher in his opinion telling Yahoo News:
“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”
Coppola has certainly earned his stripes when it comes to directing cinema and his opinion carries weight as he has more than earned that right. That said his argument is similar to those made in the late 1970s when “Star Wars” and “Jaws” kicked off modern blockbusters and concern was expressed about the ‘death of cinema’.
Coppola himself has stepped away from directing for much of this past two decades, putting out only three smaller film titles (“Youth Without Youth,” “Twixt,” “Tetro”) that came and went. He is currently trying to get his long-gestating sweeping epic “Megalopolis” made.