In a conversation at Lincoln Center, writer and director Sofia Coppola discusses her inspirations for
, a new adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s Southern Gothic novel. Considering the “atmosphere and palette” for the film, Coppola used specific paintings and photographs to convey her vision to her team and cast. Inspirations ranged from the Australian drama
Picnic at Hanging Rock
to the portraiture of painter John Singer Sargent.
“We looked at Civil War portraits,” she explains in an interview, “but also William Eggleston’s photos from the 1970s of girls together. The film
. Hitchcock’s movies, for suspense.”
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