Sofia Coppola

"So far, she has succeeded on her own terms and in her quietly confident way, defining some kind of hazy-youth cultural drift, the somnambulance of a generation raised on style, ironic pastiche and disengagement. How long that moment will last is anyone's guess but, thus far, Sofia Coppola is its most distinctive arbiter." - Sean O'Hagan (The Observer, 2006)

Sofia Coppola

Director / Screenwriter / Producer
(1971- ) Born May 14, New York City, New York, USA
21st Century's Top 50 Directors

Key Production Countries: USA, Japan
Key Genres: Drama, Comedy of Manners, Period Film, Historical Film, Slice of Life, Psychological Drama
Key Collaborators: Sarah Flack (Editor), Kirsten Dunst (Leading Character Actress), Anne Ross (Production Designer), Roman Coppola (Producer), Ross Katz (Producer), Harris Savides (Cinematographer), Lance Acord (Cinematographer), K.K. Barrett (Production Designer)

"The case against Coppola usually revolves around such complaints: that she is frivolous, that her movies lack heft,that they look good but communicate little. There is some basis for these criticisms in all of Coppola’s films—her style is ethereal, sometimes to the point of insubstantiality—but it is hard to miss the archly condescending tone with which some critics dismiss her, and hard not to wonder why exactly the most prominent female American director of her generation elicits it." - Jesse Fox Mayshark (Post-Pop Cinema: The Search for Meaning in New American Film, 2007)
"Sofia's spare style could hardly be more different from the baroque grandiloquence of her father. And yet she has taken from him the risky art of personal film-making, of working out the big issues of her life in her movies, of just going ahead and doing it, even when you're not sure what "it" is. If The Virgin Suicides distilled the hopeless longings of adolescence to their essence, Lost in Translation is about how the most unexpected, even temporary human bonds can make you take stock and grow up." - Ella Taylor (The Guardian, 2003)
"As the daughter of venerated filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola faced a sizable challenge establishing her own identity as a director when she first started making feature films in 1999. Since then, she has not only emerged from the shadow of her famous father, but become a standard-bearer for quality and integrity in the moviemaking industry." - Todd Gilchrist (IGN, 2006)
"There’s no doubt that family ties have helped her, for she is nowhere near as articulate, forceful, or ambitious as her father (or her husband, Spike Jonze—though that relationship ended in 2003). So I think it’s notable that already she has moved from filming a book she liked, Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides, to thinking up a film of her own, Lost in Translation. The latter is her best work yet, though it’s a slight, truly modest work, feeling its way toward a sensibility that is not grasped yet, and which might slip away." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2010)
"Aside from Coppola's refined taste in clothing - Milena Canonero was the costume designer for the ravishingly attired Marie Antoinette - it's the music that best accentuates Coppola's work. She anachronistically injected Gang of Four and Bow Wow Wow into Marie Antoinette to give the 18th-century contemporary punk resonance. She also placed the majestic slow burn of The Jesus & Mary Chain's 'Just Like Honey' in the coda to Lost in Translation to make the audience feel the dull ache of her characters' world-weary melancholy." - Andrew Bailey (Cinema Now, 2007)
"Some show business folk claim to be born in a trunk. Sofia Coppola was baptized on a movie set: she is the infant christened in the penultimate sequence of The Godfather (1972), directed by her father Francis Ford Coppola. Over the past 14 years, she has delivered two daughters of her own, as well as five feature films that have won acclaim; including a DGA and Oscar nomination for directing Lost in Translation; for her nuanced portraits of teenagers and young adults losing and finding themselves." - Carrie Rickey (Directors Guild of America, 2013)
"Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic." - Sofia Coppola
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
Lost in Translation (2003)
Recommended
The Virgin Suicides (1999), Marie Antoinette (2006)
Worth a Look
Somewhere (2010)
Approach with Caution
The Bling Ring (2013)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
Sofia Coppola / Favourite Films
Breathless (1960) Jean-Luc Godard, The Last Picture Show (1971) Peter Bogdanovich, Lolita (1962) Stanley Kubrick, Rumble Fish (1983) Francis Ford Coppola, Sixteen Candles (1984) John Hughes.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes (2010)
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