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Movies and Tea #23 -The Bling Ring

“The Bling Ring” saw Sofia Coppola drawing inspiration from the Vanity Fair article The Suspects Wore Louboutins here as Coppola joined the mini-trend of movies based of magazine articles alongside Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain”. The film would also mark Coppola’s first experiment with shooting on digitial as she charts the crime spree of a group of teens who broke into and robbed the homes of thier favourite celebrities.

Norman from Flick Hunter joins us once again to the discuss the film aswell as question Emma Watson’s rumoured Oscar nod, reveal our favourite Coppola soundtracks aswell as a voicemail from The Vern (Cinema Recall Podcast )plus much more!!

Further Viewing

Spring Breakers
Marie Antoinette
The Fanatic
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Mean Creek
Bully

Music on this episode

Sleigh Bells – Crown On The Ground
M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Aphex Twin – Anvil 14
Aphex Twin – jynweythek ylow
Death In Vegas – Girls
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #22 – Somewhere

After the mixed reception to Marie Antoinette returned with Somewhere a film similar in style to Lost In Translation while also working memories of her own childhood growing up on her father’s sets as she here we follow Upcoming badboy Actor Johnny as he reconnects with his daughter Cleo and perhaps in turn finds what’s missing in his own life.

Further Viewing

Wonder Boys
Nowhere
The Rules of Attraction
Jersey Girl
Definitely Maybe
We Bought A Zoo

Music on this episode

Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset Part I
The Police – So Lonely
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #21 – Marie Antoinette

Originally envisioned as her second feature but stuggling with Historical true and an imposing roster of character which would lead Sofia Coppola to begin work on a parallel project which evolved into Lost In Translation whose success would inturn revamp this project.

Setting out to not create another stuffy costume drama Coppola here blends the contempory with the traditional as lavish gowns and powdered wigs are sound tracked to a combination of New Wave and Post Punk as the film follows the life of Marie Antoinette from her marriage to Louis XVI to the fall of the house of Versailles with Coppola drawing inspiration from Evelyn Lever and Antonia Fraser’s biographies of Antoinette to craft a film which is less of a history lesson but instead more of a rich girl fantasy as Coppola focuses on the life the queen and the people in Antoinette’s life

 

Further Viewing

The Other Boleyn Girl
Plunkett & Macleane
Anna Karenina (2012)
Eat Drink Man Woman
Chef
This is Not What I Expected

Music on this episode

Siouxsie and the BansheesHong Kong Garden
Aphrodisiac
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #20 – Lost In Translation

After the success of The Virgin Suicides for her follow up Sofia Coppola drew inspiration from her father filming a real Suntory whiskey commercial with Akira Kurosawa in the 1970’s to crafts a tale which is not only a love letter to Tokyo but also one of two lost souls in a city were neither of them speak the language while generally confounded by the world around them leaving them to dwell on their own personal issues.

It’s a premise which you hardly expect to turn into a huge hit for Coppola not only with critics but more surprisingly with the general movie going audiences who for some reason really warmed to the film.

Further Viewing

Tourism
Her
In The Mood For Love

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Death In Vegas – Girls
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

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Movies and Tea #19 – The Virgin Suicides

Season 3 is here and kicking off our season long re-evaluation of Sofia Coppola’s filmography we  look at her 1999 debut film “The Virgin Suicides” as she builds upon her first short “Lick The Star” as a group of boys attempt to solve the mystery behind the Lisben sisters from the effect they had on thier lives through to the girls taking thier own.

We not only look at the film and question who Coppola intended the film for but also establish the key themes of her work aswell as how she was able to stand out in her family’s film making dynasty.

Further Viewing

The Wolfpack
Blue Velvet
Stand By Me
13 Reasons Why – Season 1
Girl Interupted
Sucker Punch

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Playground Love – Air Feat. Gordon Tracks)

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Film School: Sofia Coppola

“I try to just make what I want to make or what I would want to see. I try not to think about the audience too much.”
— Sofia Coppola

Director, producer, Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, model, fashion-label owner, photographer. Sofia Coppola is both the ultimate insider, born into the famous Coppola dynasty, muse to Marc Jacobs and married to a rock star (Phoenix’s Thomas Mars), yet at the same time frequently making films critiquing the phony world of Hollywood a fact, some might see as biting the hand that feeds, as a privileged filmmaker attacking celebrity culture while happily drawing on an extraordinary network of contacts.

Starting out as an actress in her father’s film making appearences in the Godfather trilogy before stepping into the role of Michael Corlone’s daughter for part 3 when Winnona Ryder dropped out, only for critics to savagely highlight her flat performance, critisism that still seems to follow her around today.

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However when it came to following in the family legacy her first writing piece came with her father’s portion of “New York Stories” with the segment Life without Zoe about a schoolgirl who live in a luxury hotel and helps an Arab princess recover her stolen jewelry. Rather than choosing at this point to further pursue this inital break Coppola instead opted to studying painting before switching to photography which inturn has carried over to her work often being noted with her shot construction.

As a director her work draws influence from the French New Wave and Italian Neorealism which she was introduced to through her father while citing her father’s Rumble fish, alongside Breathless, Stanley Kubric’s Loita, and John Hughes Sixteen candles amongst her favourite films.

Filmography

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Lick The Star – Short (1998)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Somewhere (2010)
The Bling Ring (2013)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
The Beguiled (2017)

Director Trademarks

  • In comparison to the epic films of her father Francis’ like The Godfather and Apocalypse now Sofia’s films are intimate and smaller in scale. Instead she chooses to follow characters suspended in moments of transistion.
  • Her films are muted in colour and filmed in natural light creating lonely dreamscapes guided by sound while at the same time despite her critical and commerical sucess she has continually chosen the creative freedom of independent filmmaking over big budgets.
  • Coppola’s films are not driven by plot, but rather themes favourites including lonelyness, teen culture, stilted ambition and burgeoning geminity with her films often featuring female characters facing a turning point
  • Character’s emotion state shown through visuals, while her films are shot with a documentary sensibility and ambient sound aswell as featuring a signature follow shot.
  • Coppola has shot exclusivly on film with the exception of Bling Ring  which to date is her only film to be shot on digital.