Francis Ford Coppola Presents New Movie 'Megalopolis' in Cannes
Director Francis Ford Coppola poses for portrait photographs for the film 'Megalopolis', at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 17, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Francis Ford Coppola Presents New Movie 'Megalopolis' in Cannes

May 18th, 2024

There is a big movie event happening in Cannes, in France. A famous movie man named Francis Ford Coppola shows a new movie called ‘Megalopolis’. This movie is very special to him. He worked on it for many years. In this movie, a man named Cesar can stop time and wants to build a new city. Many people take pictures with Francis at Cannes. He talks about the movie and he is happy, but he misses his wife who died. Francis wants people to watch his movie and think about making the world better. He says even little babies can do big things. Francis has new ideas for more movies. He says movies are fun to make.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. Where is the big movie event happening?
. What is the name of the movie that Francis Ford Coppola shows?
. What does Francis want people to do after watching his movie?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

Cannes is a city in France known for hosting an annual film festival where new movies are shown. Francis Ford Coppola is an important film director in America. He made a film with a fantasy story. He is at a big event to share his work.

🧠 Further reading

Francis Ford Coppola filmography
Francis Ford Coppola is a very important man in movies. He makes and writes movies. He also helps to choose the music for them. He has been doing this for a long time, more than 50 years. Francis made many movies, but three are very special: "The Godfather," "The Godfather Part II," and "Apocalypse Now." People think these are some of the best movies ever. In his movies, Francis likes to work with the same actors again and again. For example, Tom Waits worked in six movies with Francis, Robert Duvall in five, and Laurence Fishburne, James Caan, Diane Lane, Frederic Forrest, and Glenn Withrow in four each. Francis also makes TV shows. He does different jobs there, like being a producer. Francis has won many awards for his work. He has also thought about making many other movies and shows that he hasn't made yet. People can see a list of all the movies Francis made on the internet.

Megalopolis (film)
A new big movie is coming! It's called "Megalopolis." It is a story about New York City after something very bad happens. Many actors are in the movie, like Adam Driver and Dustin Hoffman. The movie is made by Francis Ford Coppola. He thought of the movie a long time ago and started to make it in 1983. But he had to wait a long time to finish it. He used a lot of his own money to make the movie. They filmed the movie from November 2022 to March 2023. The movie is about a place called New Rome. It is broken, and a man who can change time wants to fix it. He wants to make it a very good place to live. But there is a bad man who does not want to change. There is also a woman who is looking for what she wants in life. People will talk about this movie a lot!

L.A. Rebellion
Some black people made movies in Los Angeles long ago. They were different than other movies. The first black person graduated from a movie school in 1953. His name was Ike Jones. After some years, more black people went to that school. They did not make movies like Hollywood. They made their own kind of movies. They learned from movies from other places too. In the 1960s, there were problems in the city. Some students wanted to learn about their own people at school. There was a teacher named Elyseo J. Taylor. He was very important. He helped start a new program at the school. Another teacher, Teshome Gabriel, helped too. They helped people make new movies. A person named Clyde Taylor called these movie makers the "L.A. Rebellion." He saw that they were doing something special.