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A beautiful blend of critical and personal reflection of Sofia Coppola's career (thus far). I fully admit that I've become a sucker for these LWL filmmaker books; they're gorgeous with full page quality screencaps and clever design choices to match the contemporary writing styles of each author. Hannah Woodhead's voice shines strong in this one, and I fell in love with her personal touch of sensations and nostalgia in each chapter/section. Her dedication to "The Virgin Suicides" is especially poignant. And I'm really glad she didn't shy away from exploring the real issues within some of Sofia's more privileged/problematic creative liberties (mainly with race in "Lost in Translation" and "The Beguiled, and social class in "On the Rocks"). Pair this with some older but none the less stunning and thoughtful critiques of Sofia's work: Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure and Sofia Coppola: A Cinema of Girlhood
Hannah Strong’s Sofia Coppola: Forever Young is an illustrated critical survey of the Academy Award–winning writer and director’s career, covering everything from her groundbreaking music videos through her latest films.
In the two decades since her first feature film was released, Sofia Coppola has created a tonally diverse, meticulously crafted, and unapologetically hyperfeminine aesthetic across a wide range of multimedia work. Her films explore untenable relationships and the euphoria and heartbreak these entail, and Coppola develops these themes deftly and with discernment across her movies and music videos. From The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette to Lost in Translation and The Beguiled, Coppola’s award-nominated filmography is also unique in how its consistent visual aesthetic is informed by and in conversation with contemporary fine art and photography.
Sofia Coppola offers a rich and intimate look at the overarching stylistic and thematic components of Coppola’s work. In addition to critical essays about Coppola’s filmography, the book includes interviews with some of her closest collaborators, including musician Jean-Benoît Dunckel and costume designer Nancy Steiner, along with a foreword by Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. It engages with her creative output while celebrating her talent as an image maker and storyteller.
Along the way, readers meet again a cast of characters mired in the ennui of missed connections: loneliness, frustrated creativity, rebellious adolescence, and the double-edged knife of celebrity, all captured by the emotional, intimate power of the female gaze.
Includes color photographs and illustrations
About the Author
Hannah Woodhead is the associate editor at Little White Lies magazine. Her work has appeared in Vulture, GQ, the Guardian, and Dazed & Confused, and she regularly appears on television and radio as a film critic, largely for the BBC and ITV. Woodhead lives in London. Little White Lies is one of the world’s preeminent film magazines, pairing a unique editorial angle with beautiful illustration and world-class design.