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Happy Music Friday: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

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Let them eat cake. Lots and lots and lots of cake.

“It’s always more intriguing to imagine what’s happening, as opposed to seeing everything, because then you can use your imagination. I always wanted to be at a distance.” – Sofia Coppola

I love me some Sofia Coppola and anything she touches is gold in my book.

Production design and music pretty much cement a movie for me (along with a good script of course) but this time I have to say that the music stole the show. Don’t get me wrong, I could go on for days and days about the painstaking recreation of — well — pretty much everything in the entire movie, but the music drew me in and kind of obliterated everything else.

Pastel pastries be damned. Give me some music!

“Acting isn’t for me. I don’t like being told what to do. I’m more interested in set design, more visually driven.” – Sofia Coppola

The soundtracks to her movies are always great and they add a lot of emotion and depth (even if it is pop music). The treatment of the subject, which is usually sterile and very bookish, gives insight as to how a teenager might have felt in having the entire treasury of France at her feet yet not one soul to truly call a friend.She literally has everything she could have wanted yet she’s quite the lonely dauphine, er, queen.

It’s like Molly Ringwald in French class: pink dress, gossip, backstabbing and all.

So, in honor of the amazing 1980s — America’s poshest decade full of waste and frivolity and horribly bad fashion — I present to you some of my favorite tracks from the soundtrack to Marie Antoinette.

Enjoy mes chéris! Now go eat some cake or something.

And for the coups de gras – a cameo by Phoenix (a Sofia Coppola favorite, probably because she’s married to Thomas Mars, the lead singer, and also probably because they’re French).

 

 

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Moodboard - "Midnight in Paris"

"Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Routines have their purposes, but the merely routine is the hidden enemy of high art." Cecil Beaton

 

My semester of design classes just ended and after a week of sleepless nights and burning the candle at both ends my brain apparently doesn’t want to let go. I only have three more classes to go before I am finished and I could literally not be any more excited. Working a full-time job and going to school is no walk in the park my friends…especially when projects consist of manual labor (hand-drawn floor plans, fabric swatch boards, coloring).

All complaining aside, I really enjoy using my creativity on a weekly basis and I am becoming more and more comfortable with fabric combinations — I was always very intimidated by that. Color, furniture placement, style, lighting, and accessorizing have always come easy to me…fabrics, not so much. I have also enhanced my knowledge of historical furniture and period styles. This comes in quite handy when watching movies and thinking of set and production design. As if I didn’t already have enough problems watching a film without constantly looking at what’s in the background, now I have the added burden of having my brain scream out, “Look, a Louis XVI chair!…….”Holy crap, check out that sweet Mackintosh chair!”…….”The egg and dart detail on that piece is amazing!”

Now I find myself watching movies purely for their asthetics: Midnight in Paris, Marie Antoinette, and let’s not forget my most favorite film of all time, Moulin Rouge. I’ve seen it so many times I can quote it. Actually, there’s a great interview I found online of Anne Siebel, who worked on both Midnight in Paris and Marie Antoinette (not to mention a slew of others). I also posted on of my favorite interviews with Catherine Martin regarding Moulin Rouge. This movie is what started my love for movies and how they are enhanced through design (this also began my crush on Ewan McGregor).

Interior Design Hearts Production Design