Last week Martin Scorsese had some fairly pointed comments to make about Superhero cinema and in particular Marvel. He dubbed superhero movies theme park rides and declared they were not cinema as he called on Studios and distributors to support a wider range of movies.
Now another great has waded in. Apocalypse Now and The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola has gone further.
Speaking in France as he accepted the Prix Lumiere award for his contributions to cinema, Coppola was asked about Scorsese’s comments. He didn’t hold back:
“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.”
When Star Wars and Jaws defined modern blockbuster cinema many declared that the death of cinema was coming, but they were wrong then. However now the plethora of entertainment options represented by the internet and streaming puts a different lens on the challenge.
Coppola himself has had a quiet period. Three smaller movies in nearly two decades had his name attached. He is still trying to get Megapolis off the ground. That is described as a sweeping epic.
It looks like this one will run and run. Sound off below with your opinions on the cinema fight of the decade.