Sunday 17 December 2017

Coppola cuts

Life without Zoë (1989)

Just 17 when she co-wrote this with her father (for his contribution to the New York Stories anthology), Coppola’s fairy-tale focused on a rich girl living in a hotel. Wherever did she get that idea?

Lick the Star (1998)

A year beforeThe Virgin Suicides, this short about a clique of schoolgirls who plot to bring down the boys with some arsenic touched on similar themes of death and teen angst.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, with a languorous Air soundtrack and Kirsten Dunst heading the cast, this tale of five suicidal sisters in a leafy Michigan suburb announced Coppola as a major director.

Lost in Translation (2003)

Coppola's sophomore film, in which Bill Murray’s fading actor hooks up with Scarlett Johansson’s waif-like student in a Tokyo hotel, remains her finest. Won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

With Adam Ant and The Cure on the soundtrack, Coppola’s retelling of France’s iconic queen (Dunst, again, left) clearly offended Gallic sensibilities. But this spirited bio didn’t deserve the boos it got in Cannes.

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