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

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sofia Coppola

A non-speaking part and a minor footnote in Coppola’s career to date – although students of Naboovian protocol may disagree – her turn as Amidala's royal handmaiden Saché didn’t involve much more than standing about in an orange robe and looking a bit, well, royal.

“I’d forgotten about this! George Lucas is like an uncle to me – he used to send me and my brother Roman Star Wars toys when we were little – so when I heard they were making The Phantom Menace I thought it’d be so fun to see how they make them. I was working on the script for The Virgin Suicides at the time. I asked George if I could come and watch the shoot, and he asked if I wanted to be in the royal entourage. It seemed like a good vantage point to watch without getting in the way (laughs). I’m at the back with a hood on and you can’t really see me. I don’t even remember what my character was called. I know nothing about the new films, but I’ll be interested to see them. There’s plenty of pressure on J. J. Abrams!"

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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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