Coppola Returns to Comic-Con

Aside from Friday’s Spielberg/Jackson Tintin panel at Comic-Con, I would’ve loved to have been there today for Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt presentation. Passing out Edgar Allan Poe masks with 3-D lenses to the crowd in Hall H, Coppola revealed that his experimental goth movie is about Val Kilmer tripping out with vampires in a seedy town, and is visited in a dream by “The Godfather of Goth,” as John Cusack described him in his previous Poe-inspired Raven presentation.

Only, Twixt would be shot live on various stops like a concert and edited on the fly in real-time as a spontaneous experience, only partially in 3-D, and accompanied by composer Dan Deacon’s music.

If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s a new twist on Coppola’s One From the Heart, which was a different kind of “electronic” experiment in the ’80s. However, Twixt raises the stakes with new digital technology, and combines his Roger Corman roots with a touch of the surreal from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the last film he touted at Comic-Con). Coppola explained that it’s all about reinvigorating the theatrical experience, which is under siege by bad movies and mediocre 3-D.

Speaking of spectacle, Abel Gance’s silent masterpiece, Napoleon, expanding on Kevin Brownlow’s superlative restoration in the late ’70s, will screen with a live orchestra (Carl Davis conducting his score) at Oakland’s Paramount Theater March 24, 25, 31, and April 1, 2012. It will also screen in LA at The American Cinematheque. I bring this up because Coppola owns the U.S. theatrical distribution rights, and there had previously been a bone of contention about using his late father’s score instead of Davis’ (a Blu-ray is also in the works).

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Movies, Tech

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