Copyright 2010 Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
"I wanted to show what happens in between the more public moments [of an actor's life,]" she says. "When I was writing the script, there were a few stories in the news about a couple of really successful actors and performers having personal crises, and it looked like they were having this fun party lifestyle — and from there, I tried to imagine what [Marco's] life would be like the next morning."
As you can see, all her films carry a strong feminist rhetoric which is concealed by a veil of misrepresentation, as if she is winking at the viewer. She is a female film-maker, making movies about women and the way society shapes our experiences. However, Coppola refuses to acclaim any political meaning to her movies. “I was raised by a feminist but I don’t really describe myself as anything. I don’t want to be political and I don’t make political statements. Actions speak louder than words: it’s important to be independent and strong.” She refuses to push messages of morality in her films and prefers ambiguous endings. Perhaps, her personal detachment from the feminist movement is what justifies her success in the male-dominated Hollywood as much as her exclusion from the WMM.
- Humm, Maggie "Author/Autor: Feminist Literary Theory and Feminist Film"
- Tim Teeman's Interview with Sofia Coppola. June 15, 2013 http://www.timteeman.com/2013/06/15/sofia-coppola/
- Kennedy, Todd. "Off with Hollywood's head: Sofia Coppola as feminine auteur." The Free Library 22 September 2010. 18 November 2013 http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Off with Hollywood's head: Sofia Coppola as feminine auteur.-a0241514974
- Women Make Movies: www.wmm.com
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: www.oscars.org