Before Megalopolis: here are the 5 essential Coppola films… A must-see! – Cinema News

Before Megalopolis: here are the 5 essential Coppola films… A must-see! – Cinema News
Before Megalopolis: here are the 5 essential Coppola films… A must-see! – Cinema News

Francis Ford Coppola makes his comeback at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Megalopolis”. On this occasion, rediscover his cinema with 5 feature films to see to learn about the work of one of the great filmmakers of New Hollywood.

This is one of the most anticipated big returns to the Cannes Film Festival: Francis Ford Coppola will be on the Croisette for the 77th edition of the festival with a film in official competition. And the filmmaker returns with a long-standing project that he himself financed.

This feature film that he has been trying to implement since the beginning of the 2000s but which he had to put on standby since then. About twenty years later, Francis Ford Coppola was finally able to direct Megalopolis, a large-scale science fiction film.

One of the most emblematic filmmakers of New Hollywood can collect a third Palme d’Or, fifty years after that of Secret Conversation and forty-five years after that of Apocalypse Now.

Even if he doesn’t win, Francis Ford Coppola will make the event with Megalopolis and his incredible cast – made up of Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dustin Hoffman, Shia LaBeouf, Laurence Fishburne and Aubrey Plaza.

Before discovering Megalopolis, which tells the story of an architect who tries to rebuild New York after a cataclysm and create a utopia, we take a look back at 5 films which marked the career of Francis Ford Coppola and which are also the 5 feature films- films best rated by AlloCiné spectators.

The Godfather (4.5 out of 5)

It is one of the five best films of all time according to the prestigious American Film Institute. The unit of measurement of the degree of cinephilia (as well as a Source of tension) on social networks. And quite simply a monument to the History of Cinema. A criminal fresco in the form of a trilogy which spans a good part of the 20th century and tells the stories of Vito and Michael Corleone, at the same time as that of America.

The Godfather is a story that can be scary and about which almost everything has already been said. But which has lost none of its strength, any more than it has stolen its status, despite a third part less popular than the previous two (even if its recent remounting rectifies the situation a little).

A reference from the film on the Mafia (but not only), an example of a sequel better than the first episode, iconic music… Not bad for a saga that Francis Ford Coppola did not want to tackle, refusing to work for a big studio.

If the production was not easy, he did well to change his mind. Helped by the performances of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, whom he masterfully directed, he wrote his name in the history of cinema with this violent and exciting long-term story. And achieved the feat of winning the Oscar for Best Film with two of his opuses.

If you haven’t seen it yet, we envy you this moment when you will discover it.

Apocalypse Now (4.3 out of 5)

Francis Ford Coppola’s second Palm d’Or, Apocalypse Now is an essential masterpiece from the filmmaker. And yet, this film about the Vietnam War could never have seen the light of day. Indeed, the director had to invest his personal fortune to produce this free adaptation of the short novel In the heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad and could have spiraled into financial disaster if he had not found success.

As troubles never come alone, the filming of Apocalypse Now was chaotic, between budget problems, weather conditions, but also problems with the actors, including the overweight of Marlon Brando and the replacement of Harvey Keitel by Martin Sheen, who will have a heart attack.

The film is like the production: a trying experience. We don’t come out of Apocalypse Now unscathed. More than a war drama, this work is a psychedelic and fascinating dive into the terrifying soul of the traumatized human, through the journey of a young captain responsible for eliminating a colonel with barbaric methods who is rampant beyond from the Cambodian border.

Dracula (4.1 out of 5)

The ultimate vampire film! Francis Ford Coppola succeeded in adapting Bram Stoker’s famous work by remaining faithful to the original material while bringing a baroque and romantic atmosphere. Not without forgetting the horror aspect of a character as monstrous as Dracula, the filmmaker adds a martyr’s sensitivity and an erotic force to this cursed figure.

This Coppola’s Dracula, which has won numerous awards, including 3 Oscars, stands out for its dreaminess, its eccentricity and its very elaborate imagery. But this masterful tale also relies on the performances of its five-star cast including Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves.

More than the revisiting of a myth and a great and dark costume spectacle, Dracula by Coppola is one of the most beautiful love stories and one of the greatest tragedies of cinema. A great romantic and subversive work that touches the soul and the heart.

Rain People (3.8 out of 5)

In the category “this work which deserves to be known”, The People of the Rain arises there. Despite its very good average on AlloCiné, who thinks of this film released in 1969 when we talk about Francis Ford Coppola?


It must be said that The Rain People does not have the scale of The Godfather. Nor the excess of Apocalypse Now. Or the prestigious Secret Conversation awards. But it shines precisely because of the simplicity demonstrated by the filmmaker in his study of human relationships, a theme which serves as a common thread throughout his filmography.

Before being the son of Vito Corleone, James Caan plays a mentally impaired football player, who meets a pregnant woman who has fled her home (Shirley Knight). A difficult role from which he handles delicately, in this tender road movie with a fragmented chronology, which also marks the birth of American Zoetrope, the director’s production company. And anchors it a little more as one of the spearheads of New Hollywood.

Secret conversation (3.7 out of 5)

Between two parts of The Godfather (and as many Oscars for Best Film), Francis Ford Coppola went to treat himself to a Palme d’Or. Normal. Thanks to a feature film which, although it was written well before, was released during the Watergate scandal, which it is very difficult not to think about in front of this paranoid thriller with a backdrop of espionage, eavesdropping and conspiracy.

And not only because the devices used are the same as those of the Nixon administration, a detail which did not fail to surprise Francis Ford Coppola when he discovered it. Even taken out of context, Secret Conversation remains a fascinating film. Coupled with a study on the power of images and sounds, and what we can make them say.

A film about cinema, in a way. And this is perhaps why its author describes it as his favorite (while waiting for Megalopolis?) within his impressive filmography. Just like the best Gene Hackman ever starred in, according to himself. Somehow, we understand them.



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