Sofia Coppola sums up everything people love or hate about young female filmmakers and fashionistas. Her films are about spoiled and/or depressed young women set to indie music or classic old tunes. She was the face of Marc Jacobs. She was born into Hollywood royalty. People are either fans of hers, or anti-fans — it’s hard to find a middle ground.
So if you love her, you’ll appreciate this list of her favorite things, and if you hate her, it will confirm everything you already hate about her. She spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the objects on her bookshelf and what they mean to her.
Here’s a rundown of her favorite things.
– Pink peonies. (“…my favorite flowers; they remind me of my mother’s garden in Napa, where I grew up.”) The vase they are in was a gift to her aunt given to her from someone working on Apocalypse Now (you know, Sofia’s dad’s film).
– A yellow Pelican camera case. (“…a gift from the camera crew on my film Somewhere.”)
– Photos of her daughter in a photo cube. (“… a gift from photographer Andrew Durham—it’s got pictures of my daughter from a trip to Morocco and Portugal when she was a toddler.”)
– A Contax T3 camera.
– Sofia Sparkling Wine, from her dad’s winery. (“When I was a kid he told me he would produce a vintage for me when I turned 21.”)
– The giant cherries, a prop from a Louis Vuitton display in an LA Vuitton store. (“when they were taking the display down I asked if I could have them.”)
– A photo of Charlotte Rampling. (“a present from the photographer Helmut Newton, whom I love. I’d written a piece about the image for Vogue, and he sent it to me after he read it.”)
– Framed artwork by Ed Ruscha. (It reads “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls”).
– A Steiff bear. (It’s a mohair teddy bear.)
It’s all what you’d expect. A lot of expensive things and a lot of humblebrags. But it makes sense. What else would you get from Sofia Coppola? A vase from Target and fake flowers from Michaels?
Total estimated cost if you’re not Sofia Coppola = $16,400.
Still way cheaper than Gwyneth’s favorite spring outfits.
August 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I’m not some Sofia Coppola fangirl who spends my downtime reblogging Marie Antoinette or Lost In Translation gifs to my tumblr, so my general feeling about her is that she’s kind of overrated and a little bit corny. Sure, The Bling Ring looks like a lot of fun, but I guarantee you it’ll be ridiculously popular with the hipster set by virtue of the fact that it’s her film, even if it’s not actually executed all that well.
Anyhoo, that’s neither here nor there. Sofia Coppola obviously has a grasp on ~celebrity culture~ and guess what – she thinks it’s all getting a little out of hand.
From The Independent:
“I see celebrity culture as some kind of guilty-pleasure thing that you look at once in a while,” declares Sofia Coppola. “But now it’s become the dominating thing in our culture in America. It’s out of control.”
The writer-director, who is now 42, has always been a woman economical with words. She’s definitely not keen on over-explaining herself or her films and, while never defensive, once she’s drawn lines, she is unwilling to cross them. Would she, for instance, count herself a feminist?
“Oh, I don’t talk about political things,” she says. “But I’m happy I get to put out a feminine point of view.” What advice would she give to the real-life Bling Ring-ers? “I don’t want to dispense advice but my parents always emphasised the importance of hard work. That’s something I try to instil in my daughters.” What are her theories about the boom in celebrity culture? “I don’t want to say. I just tried to make a movie that showed the experience of these kids and let the audience decide how they feel.”
Oh, Christ. So, celebrity culture is out of control, so you make a film directly about it, criticise the trend in society and then decline to elaborate on her theories. Lovely. Also, the bullshit “I don’t talk about politics” answer when asked if you’re a feminist is so fucking tired, I can’t even. Here’s an easy litmus test for anyone who might be confused about the matter. Do you believe that women and men should have the same rights, earn the same money for doing the same job and be able to do whatever they want to do without distinction from men? Ding ding ding, you’re a feminist!
Yes, celebrity culture is “out of control”. But it’s also fun and a nice distraction from everyday life for us peons – and for some of it, it’s our livelihood. That’s good enough for me.
June 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
If you haven’t heard about The Bling Ring yet, I’ll give you a short synopsis. It’s Sofia Coppola‘s movie about the true story of a teenage burglary ring who broke into the homes of several celebrities in the Hollywood Hills. What’s not to love? Emma Watson stars as Nikki, the leader of the girl gang, in a totally refreshing role that’s a far cry from Harry Potter, that’s for sure.
Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Leslie Mann, Claire Julien, Georgia Rock and Carlos Miranda are also in the movie, which is coming out June 14 in the US and I have to be honest, I can’t wait to see this shit.
If you want to know Emma’s thoughts on the movie, here’s a few – she basically hated her character but “relished” the chance to play someone so amoral and selfish. Hurrah!
“When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it.
“The character is everything that I felt strongly against – she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate?
“But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.”
April 24, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Sofia Coppola, on her quest to make as many films about overprivileged white people as possible, gives us the teaser trailer for The Bling Ring. The film, starring Emma Watson, is based on the true story about a group of young people in LA who routinely “go shopping” (steal) from celebrities’ homes. As the trailer shows, one of their targets is Paris Hilton. (It’s set in 2008). Damn, five years is a huge time jump when you’re Paris Hilton. Mercifully, she is not in the film itself.
Will YOU see The Bling Ring?
March 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Director Sofia Coppola and her man, Phoenix frontman, Thomas Mars have welcomed their second daughter into the world. The little girl, Cosima was born earlier this month and has a big sister, Romy (age 3.)
The birth of their daughter is hardly the only thing the couple has to be excited about. Phoenix’s last album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was well-relieved by fans and critics alike (that album’s got mad jams) and Sofia’s new film, Somewhere looks super promising (check out the trailer below.) Congratulations to the happy parents.
June 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm by Molls
13Yeah, I Ran a Penis on the Front Page. Does this Mean I Still Can’t Run Your Ads, iTunes? Because Sony’s Cool with It. Just Saying.
At what point did People magazine get the monopoly on celebrity coming-out stories? Anyway, meet McGay. [Pop on the Pop]
Prince Harry’s new girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, wonders aloud if woolly mammoths are extinct. Their season of Newlyweds is going to rock so hard. [CelebSlam]
The photo shoot theme for this week’s ANTM was “celebrity couples.” Demonstrating the level of taste and subtelty we have come to associate so inextricably with the weekly, hour-long pitch for Tyra Banks’ surely forthcoming magazine, the girl who came out as a lesbian the day before was asked to be — I’m serious — Ellen and Portia di Rossi. [MollyGood]
Nicole Richie prefers to spend her time in restaurants getting laid in the bathroom, mostly because it’s the farthest she can get from the food. [Cele|Bitchy]
Nicky Hilton kicks off publicity for her fashion-centric Miami hotel, Nicky O, with — what else? — full frontal male nudity. There is a joke here to illustrate that nudity has very little to do with fashion, but I am too distracted by penises to think of it. [The Superficial]
Sofia Coppola is expecting a baby girl in December. With any luck, she won’t cast the kid in Lost in Translation 3. [Celebrity Baby Blog]
Paris Hilton avoids the premiere of her new movie, National Lampoon’s Pledge This, because she doesn’t want to be associated with a film that will likely go straight to video. She really could have made that decision much earlier, like when they cast Simon Rex and Randy Spelling. [Hollywood Gossip Whores]