The Virgin SuicidesDirector: Sofia Coppola
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More than a few skeptical guffaws greeted the release of Sofia Coppola's 1999 directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides. Amid suspicion of nepotism and the inevitable dredging up of her infamous Godfather III performance, Coppola, who also wrote the script, surprised just about everyone by making an assured, lyrical film that captured the wistful quality of Jeffrey Eugenides' novel. The DVD release further confirms Coppola's achievement. Moreover, it offers a glimpse of two then-up-and-coming stars: Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett. The widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1 aspect ratio) nicely renders the film's warm colors and the dreamy look of its 1970s suburban setting, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound heightens the atmospheric soundtrack by Air and brings out such auditory details as the needle hiss that precedes songs like Heart's "Crazy on You." Unfortunately, the extras are somewhat skimpy: a photo gallery, theatrical trailer, music video (Air's "Playground Love"), and short making-of featurette. Although the featurette contains some of the usual fluff and flattery (plus there's a creepy James Woods talking about his "crush" on his director), it also shows Coppola's obvious passion for the material and her actors. Included are interviews with cast members (Dunst, Hartnett, Woods, and Kathleen Turner) as well as Eugenides and the director's father, Francis Ford Coppola, himself.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|James Woods||Mr. Lisbon|
|Kathleen Turner||Mrs. Lisbon|
|Josh Hartnett||Trip Fontaine|
|Danny DeVito||Dr. Hornicker|
|Scott Glenn||Father Moody|
|Willi Baer||Executive Producer|
|Richard Beggs||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Francis Ford Coppola||Producer|
|Fred Fuchs||Executive Producer|
|Yasna Stefanovic||Production Designer|
|Nancy Steiner||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jeffrey Eugenides||Source Author|
0. Scene Selections
1. The Lisbon Girls [1:36]
2. Misplaced Blame [5:48]
3. Social Outlet [4:01]
4. Basement Party [6:20]
5. Cecelia's Death [4:02]
6. The Diary [4:27]
7. Visions [5:14]
8. Trip Fontaine [3:57]
9. Hurricane [8:26]
10. The Homecoming Dance [5:04]
11. A Taste Of Love [5:46]
12. Maximum Security Isolation [4:54]
13. Slipping Away [6:39]
14. Dead Bodies [7:18]
15. Empty House [6:28]
16. Credits/"Playground Love" [5:53]
Behind The Scenes
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Air Music Video "Playground Love"
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I loved the movie The Virgin Suicides because it related on the demands society puts on young adolscent females. Also, liked it because it showed how everybody's life is effected after one commits suicide for it doesn't just impact your friends and family but society as while.
This movie fascinated me in every way possible. The characters, the plot, the way it left you standing at the end wishing (as the neighborhood boys in the movie had) that you could fill in the missing pieces of the Lisbon girls puzzle. It literally left me saying "WOW!" at the end. I was blown away!
I was extremely leery about seeing this movie because I know how it ends, and because, although I do enjoy all types of films, I am still a sucker for a happy ending. However, this is one of the best movies I have seen recently. By learning about the sisters using the boys who were obsessed with them, I was able to love the characters (and feel very sorry for how their mother shielded them from the world and more notably from members of the opposite sex) without feeling an attachment to them. The movie is done Very tastefully, considering it deals with a family of Catholics whose parents repress their daughters to the point of house arrest, and where all the daughters eventually end their own lives. I think it sends a strong message, without being too dark and political. The movie has a dreamy quality, and is a modern fairy tale with a not-so-happy ending.
Sofia Coppola¿s The Virgin Suicides is yet another example of Hollywood¿s hatred of the family and of the Christian values of modesty, restraint, and self-control upon which this country is based. The film is anti-Christian, specifically anti-Catholic. The family¿s house abounds with crucifixes, holy cards, and images of the Virgin Mary--all of which are represented as contributing to the atmosphere that causes the daughters to commit their insane act. Of course, suicide is considered a mortal sin by the Church; so anyone with a good Catholic upbringing would be much less likely to kill herself than would someone brought up with the anti-values of the nihilistic society that Hollywood glorifies. The Church¿s condemnation of suicide wouldn¿t fit in with this film¿s anti-Catholic message, however, and so it is ignored. The mother and father--decent, responsible people whose only concern is the welfare of their daughters--are mocked by Coppola. The father is portrayed as out of touch with reality and dominated by his wife. Compare Hollywood¿s negative portrayal of the father in this film with that of the father in American Beauty, who quits his job, takes up smoking marijuana, decides to seduce his teenage daughter¿s best friend--and is portrayed quite sympathetically. The mother in The Virgin Suicides is made out to be a religious nut (In the eyes of Hollywood, is any sincerely religious person ever anything but nuts?) who in reaction to one of her daughter¿s breaking curfew withdraws all her daughters from school and keeps them locked in the house. This isolation eventually leads to the film¿s announced conclusion, which is dramatically forced but necessary to make the film¿s propagandistic point. Simply put, the message of The Virgin Suicides is: Christianity, bad; adolescent sex, good. It goes back to Freud¿s idea that any repression of instinctual impulses leads to violence--in The Virgin Suicides, violence against oneself. That the most violent criminals in our society are those who put absolutely no restraint on their impulses and appetites is somehow not evidence enough for Hollywood of the absurdity of Freud¿s theory. The film seems interminable, even at 97 minutes.
this movie is one of my favorites. Sofia Coppola delivers with this 60s inspired film about four boys infatuation with their neighbors the five Lisbon sisters. The movie paints a perfect picture of two parents overprotectiveness of their daughters and the psychological effect it has on them. Kathleen Turner and James Woods are perfect as the parents along with the young cast including Josh Hartnett and Spider Man's Kirsten Dunst. Grab this movie an instant classic
As I am someone that grew up with overprotective parents, I know exactly what it feels like to be one of the girls in this movie. This movie is so powerful and will leave you wanting more. The movie is truly wonderful. Shows the emotions of being a teenager very well.
The Virgin Suicides is a tale that will stay with you for days. I felt after reading the book and seeing the movie, that I wanted to hear more of the girls and go deeper into their lives. It is and addicting story that tells of the Lisbon girls and their short lives of darkness and drear. After watching the movie, I read the book and the book was ten times better. It went more in depth into the places that the movie couldn¿t reach and opened more doors into the girl¿s thoughts. You could visually see the decline of Lux¿ physical appearance and mentality at the beginning of lock-down and after, such as the hair missing above her left ear, the ¿roof¿ incidences, and the declining overall cleanliness of her. The Virgin Suicides is definitely a must read and a must see movie.
Though I didn't view Ms. Coppola's masterpiece in a theatre, I can honestly say that the experience was nothing short of cinematic bliss. The film's bright, yet shaded tale gives that same nostalgic, sinking sensation of endless teenage summers. It captures the pictures that Mr. Eugenide's novel so elegantly painted in every frame. Each performance is entrancing and I find every silent, open moment on the screen to be a calming, yet ominous gap between viscous, hurtling storms. It's magic.
Sofia Coppola succeeds in creating a film which offers a breif peak into the ambiguous era of the 70's and the complex mind of teenage girls. The story is narrated by a nameless group of boys who admired the 5 sisters from afar and who, after 30 years, are still puzzled by their suicides. Although a serious drama at times, as the title would suggest, the subtle humor is pure brillance. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys avant-garde or independent style type of films, especially dark comedies. This film plays on a variety of levels and is one of my personal favorites.
It really showes you what teen life is like. Going through all the hell that you are put through sometime pushes you off the edge because you can't take it anymore. Then, after the 13 year old kills herself, her sisters are in pain. They aways say that time will heal the pain, but it just makes it worse. Then after Lux breaks curfew, their lives are over. Then, they get desperate and try to get out. But in the end, the pain got to them first. Mainly because of their crazy irrational mother. I love this movie.
i had only watched a little of this movie, but the actors and actresses were great!there is only 1 problem......i loved chris hale and you diddn't even add him to the cast!!!!i know he was only in it for a couple of sec's he was awesome and hot. if you would could you please let me know a site that will let me see pitcures of him OR a super faver would be to give or send him my e-mail address which is firstname.lastname@example.org i really thought that movie was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lisbon girls are sensitive on what they are and how they are expected to be.I think Sofia Coppola is a great film maker she succeeded in describing girls' selfishness, and sensitiveness and emptyness. also music and art direction make the story more impressed. everytime I think of this film, I can't help myself feeling something has lost in my mind,since I lost my first love,or sinceI knew that I am not a special,that I am just ordinary girl. Boys may not understand this film,I don't know. but for girls, this film gives you that feeling again.
The Virgin Suicides is my favorite movie. It is a bit extreme to those people who dont understand the concept. The actors/actoresses were perfect for the part. I think that the only problem with the movie is it didnt inform enough...the movie and the book have differences, i think the movie couldve informed a little more as the book does. Other than that the movie is flawless, it shows what teenagers go through, and that was back in the 70's think about how much worse it is now. The movie helps people understand what teenagers go through. The life of parents who take strict to an extreme, how they feel trapped and cant have there own life. The life of sex, whether people like it or not teenagers have sex. I think it helps people realize how much of it is bad and good, would you rather have your teen having safe sex with limited people or would you rather have your teen prancing around to everyone in the state? i think the movie informs what to look for in those previous two subjects i named. It also gives clues as to what to look for in teens who deal with suicide or depression. Suicide is tragic especially among those of younger ages, its aweful to hear about young teens taking their lives, i think the movie better describes what to look for. It is not good to feel depressed and suicidal, half the people who feel this way wish someone could help and would know. These are the people who kill themselves and have doubts who arent sure if what theyre doing is right or wrong. The other half are convinced theres no other way out and there is no help for them. This movie hopefully helps people tell the difference between both sides...and if you dont understand what i mean in this 'review' you obviously dont know what it is to deal with this kind of stuff and wouldnt know where to begin. For you people i hope to god your friends and loved ones arent depressed other wise they might end up like the charactors in this movie. it was a good movie but the book is better.
In her directorial debut, Sofia Coppola tells the atmospheric tale of 5 Beautiful sisters, held down by their well-meaning but horribly over-protective mother. The girls are prohibited from attending social events, especially any where boys will be present. But their mother's over-protection merely heightens the girls' already prevalent angst... I loved the film. It is hauntingly told and the pace, although slow, is constant and captivating. The film perfectly captures the angst of adolescence and the mood of the 70's. The music is wonderful and Kathleen Turner, James Woods and Josh Hartnett give great performances but its Kirsten Dunst, as the mesmerising and gorgeous Lux, that really sticks in your memory. By the end, I was full of questions about the characters, but felt entirely satisfied by the film and haunted by its memory.
A lot viewer’s know that Sofia Coppola is not much of a great actress, but she seems to have inherited some of her father's talents in this film. Coppola knows how to get the best from her actors and a few "coming of age" films have the sensual, dream-like quality as this 1974 look at upper middle class American suburbia. Written and directed by her, this mesmerizing account of adolescent sexual socialization (set in the posh suburbs of 1974 Detroit) has a bittersweet quality, yet is tragic as well. A group of young teenage boys come into contact with five bewitchingly beautiful teenage sisters in their affluent neighborhood. Each savor the short time they have with these girls, who are extremely overprotected by their devout Catholic parents (Woods and Turner). Humorous, sensual, and highly evocative of "boy-meets-girl awkwardness" as seen through the boys' eyes, this film is a tribute to an American way of life not unlike "American Beauty". However, the dreaminess comes to an abrupt end... an "awakening", if you will... by the boys as they come to grips with a tragedy they are barely able to comprehend Sofia Coppola is an immensely talented filmmaker. She recreates the 70's era effortlessly, and allows the characters to all be real people instead of mere thumbnail sketches. While this movie might lack a standard plot structure it succeeds dramatically in capturing the mood and feel of a certain generation. Obviously this movie will speak loudest to those who experience adolescence in the seventies but it also communicates strongly to all people recollecting that period of their lives. The great tragedy imparted in this movie is that of young beauty extinguished and the fruitless search to discover how this crime against nature could have occurred. The cinematography is beautiful, never distracting but always full of genuinely real images, which served to offset the hallucination tone of the movie. There is a relaxed pace to the film, and I was drawn into the hazy, misty memories that make up the bulk of the story.
I first watched this film, then read the book and I am still hungry to know more about the characters. This film is one of the few that show what teens really go through during that period in their life and shows how sisters deal with an unexplained loss. This film shows that no matter how perfect and kind a family or town may be, there are still problems and there are tragic events that no matter how hard one may try to figure out, are unexplainable. I think most people, especially those who grew up in the 70's, 80's and 90's can identify with the feelings, the climactic events and the emotions these teens experienced. One Caution. Don't watch the film waiting for ''The Virgin Suicides''. Watch not just the lives of the Lisbon girls, but the Lisbon parents, the neighborhood teens and their families. Some of the best scenes of the film is seeing how the outsiders view the Lisbon household and how they deal with their own lives. This is one of the truest and finest examples of experiences of youth retold without the gloss of adult explanations and opinions. I also recommend reading the book. You really are given some insight that the film cannot go into. I would give ten stars if I could.
I loved watching this movie!I liked the mysterious atmosphere in the movie and I couldn't take my eyes away from the movie. It was really very sad,the end.Kirsten Dunst looked great in this movie but that hair-do on Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett) made me laugh.Overall,great movie.