Francis Ford Coppola Shows New Movie "Megalopolis"
Giancarlo Esposito, from left, Chloe Fineman, Nathalie Emmanuel, director Francis Ford Coppola, Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza, and Jon Voight pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Megalopolis' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Photo by Daniel Cole/Invision/AP)

Francis Ford Coppola Shows New Movie "Megalopolis"

May 16th, 2024

A man named Francis Ford Coppola made a new movie called "Megalopolis." He showed his movie at a big film event in Cannes, France. People came to see the movie. There were famous actors there like Adam Driver and Aubrey Plaza. The movie is about a future city. A man in the movie has an idea to make the city better. He can do special things like stop time. Francis Ford Coppola spent a lot of his own money to make the movie. He sold part of his wine place to get the money. Some people are not sure if everyone will like the movie. The movie is like a big, old story. It has parts that make people think differently about movies. After people watched the movie, they stood up and clapped for a long time. They liked it. But some reviews were not good. Some people did not like the movie. Francis Ford Coppola talked to the people. He said that all people are like one big family. He also said the word "hope" is very beautiful. The movie is for Francis Ford Coppola's wife, Eleanor, who died. He is looking for someone to help him show his movie to more people around the world. Some people think the movie is very interesting and different. Francis Ford Coppola tried new things in the movie. In one part, an actor comes out and talks to the movie screen. Some people watched the movie before and did not understand it. They said it was not like other movies. Francis Ford Coppola makes movies his own way. He wants people to see his movie on big screens.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. Who made a new movie called 'Megalopolis'?
. Where did Francis Ford Coppola show his movie?
. What special thing can a man do in the movie 'Megalopolis'?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

Francis Ford Coppola is a famous movie director in the United States. Cannes, France, is known for a big movie festival. Hollywood actors are often well-known. Making movies can be expensive, and sometimes directors spend their own money. People have different opinions about new movies.

🧠 Further reading

Filmmaking technique of Akira Kurosawa
A man named Akira Kurosawa was very good at making movies. He was from Japan. Akira did a lot of work when making his movies. He wrote stories, worked with cameras, and helped edit the movies. He liked to work with the same people on his movies. They were called the "Kurosawa group." Akira made new ways to make movies that other people now use. He made things look very nice on camera. He also used music to make his movies better. Akira made many movies and they had special stories. He liked to tell stories about the same things, even when he was older. Akira's ways of making movies are still important today.

List of American independent films
Some movies in America are made in a different way. People call these movies "independent films." They are not made by big movie companies in Hollywood. Instead, smaller groups make them. Sometimes these movies do not have much money, but they can still be very good. Long ago, before the 1980s, independent films were not very famous. They were simple movies, or movies about new ideas and real life. But then, things changed. People started to talk about "Indiewood." This was when independent movies got more attention. These independent movies do not cost as much as big Hollywood movies. Some people even used their own money from credit cards to make them. The people who make these movies do not have to follow so many rules. They can take their time and decide what they want to do with their movie. In big Hollywood, things are different. There, they make movies quickly and show them to groups of people to see if they like them. Independent movies are special because they can be like older movies from the 1960s. They are important because they show new ideas and different ways of making movies.

Role Models
Two men, Danny and Wheeler, sell a drink called "Minotaur". They say it helps kids. Wheeler likes his job, but Danny does not. Danny is sad and his girlfriend, Beth, breaks up with him. One day, they get into trouble. Their truck hits a statue. The men are taken to a judge. Beth helps them. They must help kids for 150 hours instead of going to jail. They go to a place called Sturdy Wings. There, they meet new friends. Danny meets a boy named Augie. Augie loves playing dress-up games from old times. Wheeler meets a boy named Ronnie. Ronnie is loud and funny. At first, it is hard. Danny and Wheeler do not want to stay. But they learn to like it. They learn from the kids. Ronnie likes Wheeler's favorite music. Danny learns about Augie's dress-up game. They all become friends. It is a happy story about friends and helping.