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Sofia Coppola: Film By Film
From The Godfather Part III to The Bling Ring

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Lost In Translation (2003)

Lost In Translations

Shot in 27 days, the majority amid the systolic bustle and neon nightscapes of Toyko, Coppola’s ode to alienation and kinship is her biggest hit to date. On top of an unexpected huge $120m box-office haul, the film picked up four Oscar nominations. She won for Best Original Screenwriter.

“It’s still my most personal film. It was a story about these people who are kind of lost in their lives and who meet and have this moment together. I can’t really remember too much about this shot – it’s all blurred now! – but this is the moment when Charlotte and Bob first meet. I wanted Scarlett (Johansson) to be this young Lauren Bacall character and for Bill (Murray) to have a suave side. People still ask me what Bill whispers at the end, but I just say what Bill Murray always says: it’s between the two of them. Honestly, I never expected people to latch onto that. In fact, I was surprised so many people related to the movie, because I felt like I was doing something personal and indulgent. That was a fun surprise!

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that truly awful short film she wrote, directed by Francis, part of New York Stories. I cannot stress how bad this thing is but from reading about The Bling Ring, the two are not so dissimilar. More

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