Francis Ford Coppola thinks “quite a lot” about the Roman Empire – IndieWire

Even five-time Oscar winners are not immune to TikTok phenomena.

Francis Ford Coppola took it upon himself Instagram account on Friday to comment on a recent trend in which amused women asked men in their lives how often they think about the Roman Empire. The author revealed that, like many men on TikTok, he is often preoccupied with details about the rise and fall of the empire. He then used the trend as an opportunity to explain how Roman history inspired his upcoming self-financed epic, Megalopolis.

“How often do I think about ancient Rome? Quite a bit,” Coppola wrote. “The Roman Republic served as a model for my country America and its institutions and was the inspiration for my upcoming film ‘Megalopolis.’

Coppola continued: “My fascination with the Roman Republic stems from the struggle between political parties, in which the interests of the Republic gave way to the ambitions of a few powerful men who championed the goals of the political parties, for their own fortunes and their own “To build authority.” They rely on the armed forces to achieve these goals, dealing the final blow to a constitution that is already faltering.”

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Even though “Megalopolis” is set in the future, the film has been associated with Rome since its creation. Specific plot details remain vague (Coppola himself often seemed to contradict his own descriptions over the course of the project), but the official synopsis reads: “The fate of Rome haunts a modern world incapable of its own social ones in this epic political story To solve problems.” Ambition, genius and contradictory love.”

“Megalopolis” stars Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Forest Whitaker, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. In a recent interview, Driver praised Coppola and promised that the finished product was unlike anything cinephiles have ever seen.

“’Megalopolis’ is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever been a part of with Francis [Ford Coppola] Especially,” Driver said. “It’s one of the best shooting experiences I’ve ever had. And there is no frame of reference for the things he did. It’s so unique and imaginative and hopefully accessible to everyone – that it’s not so elusive that it’s intended for a specific audience, but for everyone. And he’s everything you’d hope he would be.”

Lindsay Lowe

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