In this early short, we see the beginnings of Sofia Coppola’s unique cinematic style: sharp cutting, stark compositions and rock and roll music all help frame the downfall of the most popular girl in high school.
The film is also notable in that it marks the beginning of Coppola’s long collaboration with cinematographer Lance Acord. For those of you who don’t know him, Acord went on to shoot films like Being John Malkovich, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Coppola’s own Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.
The film’s not perfect; there are some awkward beats and difficult performances. Nonetheless it’s a wonderful thing to see the shaping of a unique cinematic voice, a reminder that we’re all on our own paths as filmmakers, even in fiercely competitive LA.
Lick the Star - Sofia Coppola (1998) (14:07)
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