Monday, October 2, 2017

The Beguiled (2017)

Director: Sofia Coppola. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning. 93 min. Rated R. Drama.

Wounded Union Civil War soldier shows up at a girls' school in Virginia, and awakens the girls' womanhood - both their inner beauties and inner viciousness. In her 2017 Cannes award-winning remake of the 1971 Don Seigel film, Sofia Coppola not only explores her favorite theme of human loneliness (that usually ends in tragedy), but also tells men not to take women for granted, or else ... you might find yourself castrated of your masculinity. Beautiful cinematography using natural lighting and a Kidman/Farrell/Dunst/Fanning powerhouse ensemble make this one of Coppola's most memorable movies, on par with The Virgin Suicides.

Mo says:


  1. There is no question that Coppola was inspired by GWTW.
    "....stating she found herself drawn to the “exotic” nature of the Old South and encouraging cast members to watch ‘Gone With The Wind’ for inspiration"
    "“Sofia told me to go back and watch Gone with the Wind again,” Fanning said, revealing that Scarlett O’Hara was a character inspiration...."

    One scene was not inspired by it, that was re-make of it !

  2. Interesting. GWTW never occurred to me, but maybe that's because I don't think about it a lot! :-D

    Which scene was a remake?

  3. :-))
    That badass scene in “Gone with the Wind” when Scarlett O’Hara steeped down stair with keeping gun on her back to face the creepy soldier for trespassing on her beloved Tara and threatening to assault her. Coppola has borrowed many other landmarks of movie too.
    Did you know it's a remake of version of 1971? Eastwood is playing role of Yankee. Must see!

    1. With all due respect ... I have no clue which GWTW scene you’re talking about! :-D

      Yes, it’s a remake. I’ll try to make time to see the original.