girls on film: inward facing girl.

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guest post by melanie biehle of inward facing girl.

victoria and i share some common interests, including how much we love sofia coppola. i’ve admired sofia’s work ever since I saw the virgin suicides, and have always been impressed by the number of creative things that she does so well. this talented woman writes, directs, photographs, and designs clothing and handbags for louis vuitton. her sense of style is impeccable.

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before becoming the filmmaker that most of us know best, sofia wanted to be a magazine editor or art director. she’s always loved fashion, and even interned for karl lagerfeld in paris while she was in her teens. later in life she guest edited the december 2004/january 2005 issue of paris vogue, and she makes creative short films for high fashion brands like dior.

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in 1998 sofia co-wrote and directed a short film called lick the star. even back then she chose to share her creative point-of-view through the lives of young female characters. this one features the tables being turned on a high school mean girl who formed a devious plan based on the cult-classic v.c. andrews novel flowers in the attic. i know, right? you’re welcome.

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sofia is the queen of creating a mood. when you see the dreamy “magic hour” shots in the virgin suicides you can feel the heaviness of teenage girlhood. the silent wandering of scarlett johansson’s character in lost in translation feels like a young woman searching for direction in her life. marie antoinette’s boredom with ritual is palpable, and the brilliant intro of the seemingly never ending circling car in somewhere feels like a merry-go-round of going nowhere.

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if i ever get to have my dream coffee date with sofia coppola, i’m sure we’ll become fast friends. at least i hope so. she’s so cool. for more of my shenanigans, visit me on inward facing girl. thanks for having me, victoria! xo

– melanie biehle of inward facing girl.

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11 Responses to “girls on film: inward facing girl.”
  1. Damaris says:

    I also share with Melanie her admiration of Sofia’s wide talents! I’m so looking forward to the newest film The Bling ring :)

    We love Lost in translation so much that during our honeymoon in Tokyo we attempted a little and modest homage to the famous Bill Murray bath robe scene + Scarlett’s on the window seal ;) ( you can check the pictures in our blog).

    Love,
    Damaris

  2. Maggie May says:

    Everything Sofia does is gold!!!

  3. Melanie says:

    I saw The Bling Ring yesterday afternoon…awesome, of course. :) Thanks for having me, Victoria! I hope you’re feeling better. xoxo

  4. Sally says:

    Love this blog post! I love Sofia’s films, they are so creative and seriously beautiful! I’ll have to watch The Bling Ring soon.

  5. Sarah says:

    love this post! :)

  6. Caroline says:

    Yes! She is the queen of creating a mood and I love her films. To have her as an amazingly talented filmmaker in Hollywood, a female filmmaker, is so important in terms of what the perspective of her films offer us all. I didn’t know that about her aspiring fashion editor days but now that you say that–I can totally see it!

  7. What’s interesting in particular about “The Virgin Suicides” isn’t just that it was made by a woman, but that it’s a case of a woman’s adapting a novel about a group of young men’s nostalgia for the unattainable girls of their youth. In the old days, you might have said those girls were imprisoned in the male gaze. But Coppola’s picture is completely nonjudgmental about the narrators’ love for the Lisbon girls (although it should go without saying that love shouldn’t be subject to anyone’s judgment). The picture has a feminine sensibility in terms of its dreamy languor, the pearlescent glow that hovers around it like a nimbus. (It’s beautifully shot by Edward Lachman and features a willowy score by Air.) But there’s also a clear-eyed precision at work here, almost as if Coppola subconsciously wanted to make sure she captured Eugenides’ vision, while also giving a sense of the Lisbon sisters as real live girls.

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