3.29 – THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and Teenage Memory

This week, as Sam returns from intensive Dadding, we start on our next director: Sofia Coppola. Our first focus is on her debut, her adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. After we’re both really taken by surprise by this film, we talk about nostalgic film-making, ethereal screen presences, and what it is to remember (and mis-remember) things as a teenager.


Next Week
Our next film, and the next in Coppola’s oeuvre, is LOST IN TRANSLATION, available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Translation-Bill-Murray/dp/B00ESQGHTA.
This Week’s Media
PADDINGTON 2 (2017): Paul King, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins
GHOSTBUSTERS (2016): Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig
STAND BY ME (1986): Rob Reiner, Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix
THE FACULTY (1998): Robert Rodriguez, Elijah Wood, Jordana Brewster
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994): Neil Jordan, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt
LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN (2006): Paul McGuigan, Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman
Firstly this week, have a look at the Wikipedia pages for the original book (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Suicides) and Coppola’s version (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Suicides_(film)). (There’s also an article on the film’s score, which Sam discusses briefly at the start of today’s episode as contributing to the sense of other-worldliness about the movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Suicides_(score).) Here’s the film that Rob talks about working on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1137436. And here is more on the era that he (and Coppola, here) was creating: http://www.filmsite.org/70sintro.html. We didn’t talk much about home movies, but this is more on (the recreation of) those: http://www.thebattles.net/video/8mm_restoration.html. Finally, this is a good book on the representation of female adolescence on screen: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ywsajx7jqAMC&oi=fnd&pg=PA125&dq=cinema+gender+teenaged&ots=wOetdOfKQ3&sig=P6UQQKm6MiyawI86Yf9P9ORoav4#v=onepage&q=cinema%20gender%20teenaged&f=false.