Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Lost in Translation

It is hard to believe that “Lost in Translation” is Sofia Coppola’s second film. One thing I realized when watching this movie, more then the others we have seen this week, is the use of color. In “Lost in Translation” I felt that Coppola used the color of her characters clothing to tell more about their personalities and the culture they were living in. Also, I think that the way female characters were portrayed in this movie made it obvious that there was a female producer.

When watching the movie it was hard not to notice all the black clothing the characters wore. It seemed that everyone had on black or drab colored suits. However, whenever there was a break in color it was always with a female character. One example is the singer from the bar in the hotel. The first time you see her, you can’t take your eyes off of her. She has on a bright red dress with red lipstick. The other times you see her though she is in all black dress, which blends her in to everyone around her. Another example of color is through the main character Charlotte. Just like the singer from the bar, Charlotte is constantly wearing all black colors, but in a number of scenes she all of a sudden is wearing bright white. I am not sure what Coppola is trying to convey here. Is she trying to show how pure Charlotte’s character is? If so, what is the meaning of the red that the singer wears in her opening scene?

In “Lost in Translation” Coppola also seems to flaunt the female body. It appears that every time Charlotte is in her hotel room she is just in her underwear and a shirt, exposing her legs completely. In addition, the opening scene of her butt is an interesting way to start the movie and there must be some meaning behind that. This power of the female could be tied back to the colors they wear.

When the movie ended I felt that I did not fully understand it. It kind of reminded me of the ending in “Sleepless in Seattle.” Do Charlotte and Bob stay friends once they both return to the United States? Is that what he was whispering to her when he jumped out of the car and chased her down the sidewalk? I think that this movie requires you to think and make a connection with the characters and their feelings in order for you to understand it.


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