3.30 – LOST IN TRANSLATION and Benign Isolation

Next in our Sofia Coppola season is another of Rob’s all-time-favourite films: 2003’s LOST IN TRANSLATION. Reviews are more or less predictable, but we quickly get into talking about what it means to be privileged yet isolated, balance in cinematography, and whether or not this film ends in the right way.


Next Week
Our Coppola series continues with her big-screen follow-up to LOST IN TRANSLATION, on a very different theme: 2006’s MARIE ANTOINETTE (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B00FZM35H8).
This Week’s Media
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): Jake Kasdan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black
ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE (2018): Sandra Goldbacher, Morven Christie, Anthony Boyle
Recommendations
THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016): Jon Favreau, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005): Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger
JUST FRIENDS (2005): Roger Kumble, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart
GOD’S POCKET (2014): John Slattery, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins
Footnotes
We begin this week with an interesting article about Coppola: https://www.vogue.com/article/sofia-coppola-5-things-you-didnt-know. Rob mentions how the director’s personal experience of the city informed the film, and there’s more on this here: http://www.indiewire.com/2004/02/sofia-coppola-talks-about-lost-in-translation-her-love-story-thats-not-nerdy-79158. This book has more on the isolating experiences of mis-translation: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=gTdIAAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR1&dq=translation+in+film+and+literature&ots=wgLepJ9Ein&sig=sh5JW_QbbRu7TnktWTkssbljZT0#v=onepage&q=translation%20in%20film%20and%20literature&f=false. And there’s more on the framing of characters on film, as explored by Rob on this week’s episode, here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b0b1/8dfd6f94c0603cd1ff22f008a8e9e111c3dd.pdf.