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Sofia Coppola as an Auteur Director

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on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Sofia Coppola as an Auteur Director

Sofia Coppola
Plot, Characters and Themes
Main themes - loneliness, dreams/ambitions, finding purpose, dysphoria
Music and Sound
Sound (digetic and nondigetic)
simple dialogue
realistic and often simple, but always purposeful.
Coppola uses it to establish alienation or connection between the character and the setting.
Use of colour in Sofia Coppola's films
Pastel blue
- symbolic of
(general sadness and unfulfillment in life) and loneliness
Camerawork and editing
Symmetry/Asymmetry in two-shots
as an auteur director
How has her life influenced her films stylistically and thematically?
Daughter of iconic auteur Francis Ford Coppola and cinematographer Eleanor Neil
High expectations and tough criticism from film industry
Artistic and commercial success in indie film industry, 3rd generation Oscar winner and recipient of a Golden Lion award
Attempted many career paths in different parts of the world before deciding to follow in her father's footsteps
Went through a divorce near the time she filmed Lost in Translation and remarried in 2011
Coppola with her parents after winning an oscar for 'Best Original Screenplay' for her film 'Lost in Translation' in 2003
Pastel pink
- symbolic of personal
, familiarity, comfort, control, indulgence and happiness
Punk rock is used to humanize characters and heighten the dissatisfaction and loneliness they feel in their lives.
Electronic music is used to establish alienation or connection between the character and the setting.
Motif: characters are often looking out windows
Films begin with portrait of the female protagonist
Protagonists have issues with:
forming meaningful connections with others
the clash between personal dreams and societal expectations
Simple plot - allows audience to focus on relationship between character and environment.
The logo of the clothing line Coppola started after dropping out of college.
"It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don't try to find it, it's there already."

-Sofia Coppola
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