No Film School, “These 4 Books Inspired Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis'”

Check out Francis Ford Coppola’s recommend reads that inspired him.

By Alyssa Miller, June 7, 2023

Inspiration can come to filmmakers in so many different ways. For Francis Ford Coppola, his inspiration for his upcoming project, Megalopoliscame in the form of four specific books.

There is little known about Coppola’s sci-fi epic Megalopolis beyond the Wikipedia description of the premise, which reads: “In New York, a woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) is divided between loyalties to her father (Forest Whitaker), who has a classical view of society, and her lover (Adam Driver), who is more progressive and ready for the future.”

The director took to Instagram to share the four books “that strongly have influenced [Megalopolis]” and his view of the “society we live in.” Let’s take a look at them below. 

4 Books That Inspired Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis

1. Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber

Do you think you understand how debt influences our fundamental notions of morality?

Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a book that explores the historical relationship of debt with social institutions such as barter, marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war, and government. The book provides an intriguing account of this lesser-known history of debt, illustrating its profound influence on human civilization.

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