"You're considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion... But I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity."
As well as being known as the ‘Queen’ of the perfume adds (such as Dior and Marc Jacobs), Sofia Coppola is by far the girliest director in Hollywood. Daughter of the famous director Francis Ford Coppola who made The Godfather, Sofia first began experimenting with photography, costuming and video making whilst studying at the
California Institute of Arts.
Coppola’s breakthrough directorial début came in 1999 when she wrote and directed the screen adaptation of the dark and haunting The Virgin Suicides, about adolescent sexuality. Described as being “most vivid, and most effectively cinematic”, Sofia’s creation was imaginative and fearless. In particular, my favourite aspect of The Virgin Suicides was the film’s hypnotic 70’s soundtrack and the way in which Sofia managed to balance the melancholic undertone of the storyline with moments of magic and beauty. Moreover, this includes, the girls’ prom and the introduction of the schools heartthrob Trip Fontaine.
However, by far my favourite piece of Sofia Coppola’s artistic film-making was the 2006 retelling of Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette is a biopic of the beautiful
Queen of France who became a symbol of extravagance and riches. Starring Kirsten Dunst as the teenage Queen, critics described it as a “gorgeous-looking soufflé of a film” with a contemporary pop overlay of hut songs and incongruous dialogue. Most importantly, Marie Antoinette centres on the loneliness of being a female, surrounded by a world who doesn’t know or understand you. For instance, although in the film the young Queen is beautiful and poised, the judgemental court of Versailles give leave her little room to express herself. Consequently, this leads her to overindulge herself in spending and partying in order to escape the rigid court protocol that surrounds her.
In particular, the clip above displays my favourite scene in the movie which demonstrates Marie Antoinette’s idea of frivolity and escapism (something I try to use as inspiration in my daily life whenever I am stressed out).