Cos’ha detto davvero Francis Coppola sulla Marvel?

Alla fine si tratta sempre di traduzioni corrette e buon giornalismo.

Quello che è mancato probabilmente nel riportare le parole di Francis Coppola sulla questione Marvel. Intervenuto a Lione, per ritirare un premio, il maestro di Apocalypse Now era stato interrogato sulla questione. La doppia traduzione, dall’inglese al francese, e poi di nuovo dai media francesi a quelli americani ha creato un corto circuito di cui si sono avvantaggiati solo i fomentatori di polemiche.

Di seguito riportiamo lo scambio di battute reali, riportato finalmente da Deadline Hollywood, ovviamente un po’ più complesso e articolato rispetto a quanto originariamente riferito.

QUESTION: Francis, do you agree with your friend Martin Scorsese that Marvel films are not true cinema?

COPPOLA: You know I’m sure you’re extracting from whatever Martin said. The gist of his statement. If you asked him is there is cinematic talent, cinematic expression, is there great even work in certain Marvel films, he would say yes. But what his point his, is that the concept of the Marvel film which has eaten up all the oxygen, which is to say the resources is not really is more of a theme park ride than what we would call cinema. Yes, I agree with him. But also television commercials is cinema – but is it a beautiful form of cinema? No.

QUESTION: How come there is no new new Hollywood so to speak today, considering the state of things of political turmoil you are describing?

COPPOLA: Well you know because of the lack of risk in the production. Marty Scorsese says that the Marvel picture is not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. Arguably, I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again, which is the Marvel movies. A thing that has no risk to it, I’ve said before, making a film without risk is like making a baby without sex. Part of it is risk, and that’s what make it so interesting, that’s why we learn so much when it’s made.

Also, there is a philosophy that a person of riches can be just or unjust. It’s very important when you talk about it. To gain riches unjustly, just uses up, it doesn’t contribute. Wealth is only what is just, what brings more to the society. Cinema is the same way. Real cinema brings something, a wonderful gift to society. It doesn’t just take money and make people rich. That’s despicable.  So Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema, he didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just said it is.”

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