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œuvres de Sofia Coppola

Lick the Star (1998)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Somewhere (2010)

The Bling Ring (2013)


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Larry Clark Stuff, Japanese Edition
By Larry Clark


Where'd You Get Those? 10th Anniversary Edition: New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987
By Bobbito Garcia


Horst: Photographer of Style
By Philippe Garner, Claire Wilcox, Robin Muir


Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look
By Rebecca C. Tuite


Back in the Days
By Jamel Shabazz, Fab 5 Freddy, Ernie Paniccioli


Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Eleven
By Dennis Freedman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia


By Diego Uchitel


By Bill Owens


The Wes Anderson Collection
By Matt Zoller Seitz and Michael Chabon


Nicolas Cage

We all love Sofia but my favorite Coppola is her cousin Nic Cage, or should I say Nicolas Coppola. Early in his career, he changed his last name from Coppola to Cage to avoid the stigma of nepotism (How many struggling actors would love to say "Yeah, my uncle directed The Godfather..."?).

Other than the name change, Nic's upbringing was pure Hollywood, graduating from Beverly Hills High and UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

Nicolas Cage is one busy dude. He has acted in over 60 movies and won an Oscar for his role in Leaving Las Vegas. Cousins Sofia and Nic did appear in one movie together and that would be Peggy Sue Got Married when she was 15 and he was in his early 20s. Guess who the director was? You guessed it, Uncle Frank. It is actually a good movie and you might want to check it out. I think it is better than the 6.3 rating on IMDB.


You gotta love Nic for his memorable roles. He's been directed by the likes of David Lynch, Mike Figgis, the Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze (his cousin Sofia's ex-husband).

You can't work in over 60 movies without suffering a few stinkers and Monsieur Cage has had his share. Ghost Rider, anyone?

But hey, Nic's gotta pay off those back taxes, right? And he always brings his own joie de vivre to all his roles. Hell, Nic is on his way to Christopher Walken-like cult status... Andy Samberg already does a hilarious Nic Cage on SNL.

We love you Nic, but it's OK to take a breather once in awhile.





Nicolas Cage photographs courtesy of,,,,,,,, and


Marc Jacobs Perfume

You may recognize the face of Marc Jacobs Perfume... the inspiring Sofia Coppola. Beyond being the face of his fragrance, Sofia is Marc Jacobs’ muse. Writing about his friendship with Sofia he says that "I always love the way she looks. She's the kind of woman I design for." Take a peek inside Sofia’s beauty cabinet and you will find her signature scent on the bottom shelf, second from the left.

Marc Jacobs' eponymous perfume launched in 2001 and was created by perfumers Steve Demarco and Dong Loc under arrangements with Coty. As an order, Marc Jacobs “wanted the sensation of my head stuck in a bowl of fresh-cut flowers. Lush but watery.” Demarco and Loc went to work and came up with a green floral that is luxurious and elegant, a classic expression of gardenia. What exactly is in this juice? The first spray bursts with gardenia, bergamot, and aqua mist. The second act continues with violet gardenia, jasmine, white pepper, and honeysuckle. Finally the scent dries down to a mixture of musk and blonde woods. The perfume's classically elegant glass bottle with soft rounded edges fits the fragrance perfectly, finished with the ultimate touch of chic — the collar wrapped in a black leather bow.

A good perfume is like a time machine. A DeLorean. I sprayed the Marc Jacobs tester on my skin, inhaled, and transported back to a poolside scene in 1990 with my sisters. My mother’s small gardenia trees surrounded the pool where we jumped in and out of the water, worked on our bronze, relaxed... Yes, I signed the credit card receipt in under four minutes...

Marc Jacobs Perfume images © 2011 Marc Jacobs. All Rights Reserved.


The Virgin Suicides

I recently read Kathleen Turner’s memoir, Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles, and in one chapter she describes how she was reunited with her bratty little sister from Peggy Sue Got Married, Sofia Coppola. Turner explains that although someone else owned the rights to Jeffery Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides, Sofia felt so strongly about it that she developed the script anyway. She described the novel as “a classic, and you don't read that many contemporary ones that feel like that.” Eventually the rights were released and Sofia was there to grab them with a script ready to be turned into her debut film.

The Virgin Suicides is the story of five sisters in 1970s suburban Michigan and the events surrounding their lives and ultimately their deaths. Relayed partially from the perspective of a group of neighborhood boys who become fixated with the girls, a voice-over by Giovanni Ribisi takes us back to that time trying to comprehend why the sisters and the family spiral out of control. The reason the youngest descended into a deep depression and gave up on life is a mystery. The family does their best to cope with her death, but after the girls attend a homecoming dance the parents, already overly protective and concerned, take a turn for the wacky. In a final act of paranoia, the mother withdraws all four girls from school and keeps them locked indoors, all day, every day. After months of confinement, the girls attempt to communicate with the neighborhood boys through cryptic messages until one night the sisters finally decide to end it all.

The subject matter of The Virgin Suicides is so tragic, intense, and weird that it is gently funny. Does that make sense? Sofia Coppola offers an explanation as to what initially drew her to the story’s melancholy mystery, “There are so many things in life that you can't explain. No matter how hard you look, you can't find an explanation for it. And I think that's what I liked about the story.” Her adaptation faithfully captures all of the dream-like visuals, language, and gentle humor from Eugenides’ book. Note that the soundtrack by the French group Air provides the perfect ephemeral background music for Sofia's debut as director. Like the novel, the film is a descriptive masterpiece with an obsessive quality to every detail.

Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Narrated by Giovanni Ribisi
Starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito, Hanna Hall, Leslie Hayman, A. J. Cook, Chelse Swain
Soundtrack by Air

The Virgin Suicides film stills © 2000 Paramount Classics. All Rights Reserved.

Contax T3 Camera

Sofia Coppola compiled her list of essentials for Self Service Magazine including her favorite camera, the Contax T3. Released by German manufacturer Kyocera just before the launch of digital cameras around 2001, the T3 camera was considered to be the perfect deluxe compact, packing all of the qualities found in single-lens reflex cameras into a minimal and lightweight titanium shell. Best of all, you need not bother with focusing because of its Zeiss lens. Sure it is 35mm, but with a high resolution scanner you can do practically anything. Professional photographers love shooting with the Contax T3 because it is a break from big cameras in big locations with elaborate set-ups. In fact, this very camera has been used to create some of fashion’s most semi-pornographic iconic photographs. Famous works by Terry Richardson and Juergen Teller immediately come to mind, particularly Teller's shots of Sofia for Marc Jacobs. Richardson says, “It's not about technique, it's about mystique. It's more about capturing something. Many photographers use big cameras which are very controlled. What I like about a snapshot camera is that half the time the shutter doesn't go off when you need it to. You don't capture what you see, but you capture the feeling. It's looser, it's not premeditated, and it allows for accident.” I think part of the appeal of the Contax T3 is that because you don’t have to focus on aperature or shutter speed settings you can shoot anywhere inspiration strikes instantly without sacrificing quality. This might be one of the reasons Sofia feels so strongly about her T3: "I always try other cameras and come back to this one. I know I should use a digital one, but these pictures always turn out the best." Note that if you plan to own this bad boy you may have to obsessively hunt one down on eBay because it has been discontinued since 2005.

Sofia Coppola photographs courtesy of,, and


Lick The Star

Sofia Coppola made her debut as both director and screenwriter in 1998 with an edgy black and white short, Lick the Star, neatly encapsulating all of the angst that pervades middle school in just over 14 minutes. The film centers around a clique of mean girls who are so devoted to the novel Flowers in the Attic that they scheme to reenact it. Of particular interest: Sofia includes her own eye in one shot; her best friend, Zoe Cassavetes, in the role of the gym teacher; and one of her icons, Peter Bogdanovich, as the principal. As in each Sofia Coppola production, the soundtrack is perfectly suited to the film: "Tipp City" by The Amps, "Eat Cake" by Free Kitten, "This Town" by The Go-Gos, and "Heidi Cake" by Land of the Loops.

Notable lines:
"You're wasting my time." "You're wasting my time."
"I want your taco." "C'mon, give her your taco." "You have two." [Each takes one.] "Now you don't have any."
"Kill the rats..."

Lick the Star film stills © 1998 Sofia Coppola. All Rights Reserved.