Over the past decade, Sofia Coppola has made a name for herself as the writer-director of Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, and Marie Antoinette. While each film covers a different subject and genre, they’re all united by Coppola’s unique style.
Now, the critically acclaimed filmmaker has returned with a new movie (Somewhere) that’s about the relationship between a “a bad-boy A-list actor stumbling through a life of excess” and his 11-year-old daughter. Starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, the majority of the film takes place at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood and it’s filled with Coppola’s unique way of shooting which includes long takes and the occasional improvised scene.
Recently, Focus Features held a press day and I got to speak with Coppola about making Somewhere. However, since Lost in Translation is one of my favorite films, I also had to ask her what she thought about the many viral videos that raise the volume of that famous ending scene. Hit the jump for more:
Before going any further, if you’ve never seen Lost in Translation, stop everything and rent/buy/borrow the film. Also, skip the rest of this paragraph so you don’t spoil the ending….but if you’ve seen the film, you know since the movie came out, many people have wondered about the ending. That moment on the street between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanson is treasured by fans as it lets the viewer decide what was said between them. However, many have taken to YouTube to try and fill in the blanks with raising the volume on the soundtrack, or just guessing at what was possibly said. While my favorite one has been removed from YouTube, here’s another person’s take on it. Personally, I think it’s pretty obvious that the mystery is why the scene is so great.
Anyway, when I sat down with Coppola, I decided to ask her what she thought about all these people trying to figure out the ending and if she’d seen any of the videos. You can she what she said at the beginning of the interview…
During the rest of our conversation, we talked about how she got permission to film at the Chateau Marmont, does she write with actors in mind, does she have a lot of scripts ready to go, does she find the movie on set or is it all in the script, how many Johnny Marco’s does she know (Dorff’s character), did she have a lot of deleted scenes, what does she think of test screening, what is she working on now, and a lot more. Here’s Coppola. You can also watch my interview with Elle Fanning here.
- Lost in Translation talk. Has she seen the video of people trying to figure out what Bill Murray says at the end
- Filming at the Chateau Marmont. Was it tough to get permission to film there
- Does she write knowing who she wants to cast in advance
- Does she have a lot of scripts sitting around or does she just work on one project at a time
- How many Johnny Marco’s does she know
- Does she find the movie on set or is it all in the script
- Did she have a lot of deleted scenes
- Does she do a lot of test screenings for her films
- What is she working on now
- Is she taking a big break between this and her next project or will she be making another film soon