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"Megalopolis" is ready and has a complete running time of two hours and thirteen minutes.

image released by Francis Ford Coppola on his Instagram profil

Just a few days ago, at the Universal CityWalk IMAX Theater in Hollywood, California, there was the first private screening of the film and the critics who attended spoke positively of it, describing it as "an epic and highly visual tale that is perfectly reproduced on an IMAX screen" and "full of ideas that blend the past with the future".

This mysterious project that the director of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather had started writing in the 80s had been discussed for years, but he initially had to shelve the project due to lack of funds for its realization and therefore never managed to carry it forward before now.

One of the main reasons for the continuous postponement is the budget of 120 million dollars, personally financed by the director himself, which shows how much he cares about the project, as it is one of the largest and most audacious self-financings in the history of cinema.

To raise the funds, he is said to have also used the proceeds from the sale of his winery and in 2007 he confirmed that he had agreed to direct Dracula, only to start saving the necessary funds for the film he wanted to direct forever.

Despite the large sum and despite Coppola denying these rumors, the Hollywood Reporter had written that there were tensions and dismissals of some of the staff during production and this was mainly due to the fact that the 120 million dollars available were not enough to cover the costs.

Coppola hasn't made films since 2011, and the latest releases are not well remembered (Twixt, Tetro and Youth without Youth) even being considered negligible. However, the arrival of Megalopolis is highly anticipated and expectations are high, in great part thanks to the cast. We have artists such as Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Dustin Hoffman and Shia LaBeouf.

For this film the director experimented with a genre that was new to him: dystopian science fiction.

The film, conceived as a futuristic version of the Catiline conspiracy, will see a clash of perspectives between Adam Driver, an architect with a progressive plan to revive the city of New York, which had been devastated by a catastrophe years before, and Giancarlo Esposito, the mayor with a more conservative idea of ​​rebuilding the city.

According to the review of a journalist from Deadline, Megalopolis speaks of Coppola's faith in the future, in scientific progress and in human ingenuity.

As for the release date of the film, we have not yet been announced a day, but we already know that it will not be Coppola's last work, in fact the director himself has confirmed that he is already working on a new film.

Written by Olga Raimondo


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