La Presse at the 77th Cannes Film Festival |  Megalopolis: A Roman Chariot Crash

(Cannes) A ​​Roman chariot crash. If I could sum up Francis Ford Coppola’s new film in one picture, MegalopolisA 77 was awarded in Thursday’s tournamente Cannes Film Festival, as it were.


The shipwreck was the Titanic. The 85-year-old American cinema legend wanted to carry out this heartfelt project from the shootingApocalypse Now, which earned him his second Palme d’Or 45 years ago. During that time, Coppola invested his savings in endless filming in the Philippines. During this time, he invested about US$120 million from his personal wealth by mortgaging part of his vineyard.

Let’s get straight to it: money doesn’t appear on screen. Demonstration scenes look like they were shot with two dozen extras and the budget of a Quebec soap opera. Also, the special effects might have been cut 10 years ago, but not anymore. In short, we wonder where the millions disappeared to.

A myth about the fate of America at the dawn of Donald Trump’s new presidential campaign, a powerful allegory for the fall of the Roman Empire. Megalopolis Set in the year 2024 in a futuristic megalopolis called New Rome, which looks a lot like New York. Both sci-fi peplum and political dystopia, the filmmaker’s debut The Godfather from Twixt In 2011, Adam Driver played Caesar Catilina, a brilliant architect.

Photo by Loc Venance, Agence France-Presse

Actresses Chloe Fineman and Nathalie Emmanuel, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actor Adam Driver at Cannes

A Nobel laureate thanks to the invention of the revolutionary invention, the Magellan, Caesar talks a lot in his apartment at the top of the Chrysler Building, drinks even more, and confuses himself with his muddled proverbs.

His mistress (Aubrey Plaza) is an archetypal diamond digger, his uncle (Jon Voigt), an easily influenced billionaire, his cousin (Shia LaBeouf) is wickedly jealous, his mother (Talia Shire, the filmmaker’s sister) is mad at him, the mayor’s new Romain, named Francis Cicero (Giancarlo Esposito), hates him, and the mayor’s daughter, the jet-setter Julia (Nathalie Emmanuel), intrigues him. I can’t say exactly what roles Dustin Hoffman and Coppola’s nephew Jason Schwartzman play in this future: they’re basically extras.

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