Sofia Coppola recently became only the second woman in the history of Cannes to win Best Director. She won for “The Beguiled,” a remake of a Clint Eastwood film, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and set during the Civil War. As the daughter of legendary film director of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola, she has had to deal with great pressure and has certainly risen to the existential challenge.
Sofia’s directing style is sensitive and draws inspiration from pop culture, teenage angst and fame. The one thing she is really good at is (how can I say this intellectually)… “soundtracking the shit out of a film”… so, with that, and in honour of her historic victory, here are a few our favourite Sofia Coppola movie-meets-music scenes.
Jesus and the Mary Chain – Just Like Honey (Lost in Translation)
After a very heartfelt, we-might-never-see-each-other-again-goodbye between lovers Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Murray gets into the backseat of a Tokyo cab, en-route to the airport while Jesus and the Mary Chain starts playing. The song sounds like Scarlett’s honey dripping heart full of wounded romanticism, lust and anguish.
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (Marie Antoinette)
Marie Antoniette really was a spoiled teen queen – the juxtaposition of the new wave punk classic song with its message of self-gratification and the opulence and super femininity of the clothes, food and styling of this scene is something of magic.
Heart – Crazy on You (The Virgin Suicides)
After a very awkward (uhm unsuccessful) first date Josh Hartnett gets into his car with his teenage lust still unsatisfied. While sitting outside Kirsten Dunst’s house, the slow guitar of Heart’s Crazy on You starts playing and as the music picks up, suddenly Dunst appears, rips the door open, climbs on top of him and BAM! she goes crazy on him…
The Strokes – I’ll Try Anything Once (Somewhere)
A sunny afternoon in L.A and a very sweet moment between a burnt out movie star and his often neglected daughter. The two are playing ping pong, drinking underwater tea and sunbathing by the pool. The song feels like it is playing on a poolside radio and the soft melancholy voice of Julian Casablanca captures the tenderness of this moment.
Azealia Banks – 212 (The Bling Ring)
The Bling Ring is an exploration of teenage insecurity and obsession with fame. In this scene Emma Watson takes a selfie, rushes to the dance floor and gets down and dirty to Azelia Banks’ ode to bad bitches – “Who are you bitch, new lunch?”