Director Francis Ford Coppola has received some angry rebuke this weekend after going a step further in his critique of Marvel superhero films than Martin Scorsese.
The 80-year-old "Godfather" director made the arsonist speak out in Lyon, France, to receive the Lumiere Prix for contributions to the cinema, AFP reported.
Earlier this month, Scorsese had compared popular superhero films to "theme parks" rather than to real cinema.
"I do not see them," Scorsese said during an interview with the Empire magazine. "I tried, you know? But that's not a movie. To be honest, the best I can think of them, as good as they are, and the actors doing their best under the circumstances, are theme parks.
He added, "It's not people's cinema trying to impart emotional, psychological experiences to another person.
His comments encountered a series of backlashes, including from some of the authors and directors of the films he criticized.
But for Coppola, Scorsese was too friendly.
"When Martin Scorsese says the Marvel pictures are not a cinema, he's right, because we expect to learn something from the cinema, to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration," Coppola said he spoke to a journalist in Lyon. "I do not know that anyone has any idea of seeing the same movement over and over again, Martin was nice when he said it was not a cinema, he did not say it was abominable, which I'm just saying."
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James Gunn, who led the Guardians of the Galaxy, went to Instagram on Sunday to argue that Scorsese and Coppola are essentially He repeated the same criticisms that older generations gave them when they were younger.
He noted that gangster films that were closely linked to Coppola and Scorsese were once described as "despicable" by "our grandfathers," the The films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone considered "exactly the same".
"Some superhero movies are awful, others are beautiful," Gunn wrote. "As with western and gangster films (and before that only at MOVIES), not everyone will appreciate them, not even some geniuses. And that's okay. "
Jessica Napoli of Fox News contributed to this report.