Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt Now And Sunrise Has A Misconceived 3D Sequence

You may receall that Francis Ford Copolla railed against 3D movies last spring. He was speaking to Electronic House at the time, and he said:

I feel that until you can watch 3D without glasses, it’s the same thing we know [from old waves of 3D]. I personally do not want to watch a movie with glasses. It’s tiresome.

But, Francis, you’re wearing glasses in pretty much every picture I’ve ever seen of you. Even shades, a lot of the time. And, besides, didn’t you direct Captain EO?

Anyhow, he’s now given another interview to Ariston Anderson at 99% and while there’s no mention of 3D in the interview as transcribed, Anderson does provide a preface that includes this statement:

He recently wrapped his latest picture,  Twixt Now and Sunrise, based on an alcohol-induced dream he had in Turkey. The film even features the latest 3-D technology – but as a brief dramatic segment that serves the story, rather than the typical two-hour, multiplex gimmick.

Ridiculous. Claiming that having a sudden format change in the middle of the movie – and one that invites audience members to don or remove spectacles at that – is somehow less of a gimmick than making a film that has a unity of style is just preposterous. By having an “And now we’re in 3D!” moment, Copolla is only drawing more attention to artifice of the film he’s made, an invitation for us to note his decision to apply 3D ahead of succumbing to whatever it is the 3D might do for the film.

Very poor show.

Twixt Now and Sunrise, if you’d forgotten, is reportedly a gothic horror film with “the imagery of Hawthorne or Poe” and a cast that includes Elle Fanning, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley (once Joanne Whalley-Kilmer), Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, Don Novello, David Paymer, and Alden Erenreich.

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