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Culture, Art Name Recognition: Eleanor Coppola's Time in Hotels Inspires Her Latest Work

Name Recognition: Eleanor Coppola's Time in Hotels Inspires Her Latest Work

"Coppola." In cinema, the name inspires a million associations — everything from Apocalypse Now and a fat Marlon Brando to Lost in Translation and an existential Bill Murray. Through Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola receive the most attention in…
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Film, "Somewhere": Celebrity living has its downside

"Somewhere": Celebrity living has its downside

Dissolute action-movie star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), first seen doing laps in his black Ferrari, has no destination in Somewhere, Sofia Coppola's mood ring of celebrity lassitude. Coppola's fourth feature, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice this year, is,…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Did Not Live Happily Ever After

They Did Not Live Happily Ever After

Creepy fairy tales, why do we love you so obsessively? Are the little girls who star in them defenseless, or sultry? Either way, our voyeurism is disgusting, except that we may see ourselves in the reedy heroines. At Holly Andres'…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Royal Flush

Royal Flush

Marie Antoinette (Sony) Sofia Coppola's third feature grabs you by your frilly lapels from the jump, with Gang of Four's "Natural's Not in It" showering guitar chords all over the credits as Kirsten Dunst nods to the audience, as if…
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Calendar, Night&Day I've Got <i>The Curse</i>

I've Got The Curse

Too much modern musical theater seems hellbent on parodying itself or gorging on current events. The smug lampooning, the cheeky, rapid-fire show-tune rants miming political stupidity — it's run its course, died, gotten buried, and had the soil above it…
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Film, French Confection

French Confection

Drop-dead hip or cluelessly clueless? Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen is a graceful, charming, and sometimes witty confection — at least for its first hour. The famously shy Coppola may be an inscrutable…
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Music, Reviewed Octet


Bushies may think that the French are a bunch of girlie-men, but today's French musicians are proving that they can bench-press plenty. Just as Sofia Coppola's favorite Frenchies, Phoenix, easily heft a sound overloaded with disco, country, and rock, Cash…
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Music, Reviewed Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada

The French electronic-music duo Air has garnered plenty of press for infusing chill-out music with psychedelic overtones, especially on the soundtrack to Sophia Coppola's film The Virgin Suicides. But when it comes to otherworldly sonic transport, Boards of Canada's second…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

You're a Big Boy NowA tale of two filmmakers: S.F. State alumna Lisanne Skyler started out in documentaries during her mid-'90s tenure in San Francisco. Oldtimers (made with Todd Walker) was a poignant snapshot of the elderly denizens of Original…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Tin CupPumpkins are everywhere, children are chattering about their costumes, and the Sundance Watch has begun. When we checked in with San Francisco producer/directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Suture) last spring, they were bound for Baton Rouge to oversee…
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Reel World

The Rainmaker There are those who sneer, based on his output of the last decade, that Francis Ford Coppola's current passion is making wine, not movies. Disagree and they'll point to the Niebaum-Coppola cafe/retail store under construction on the ground…
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