Being the daughter of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Sofia Coppola has a lot of pressure to produce good work on each outing she makes. Her family is one of the great cinematic dynasties, and since she began making features herself in 1999, Coppola has proven that she is up there with the best of them in terms of making good films.

 

Coppola was born into film-making . As a child, she made small appearances in “The Godfather” and various other films by her director father, Francis Ford Coppola. When she came of age, she started getting larger roles, including a fairly big part in “The Godfather Part III.” Generally, critics agree that Coppola’s acting left a lot to be desired. She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for her work in the third and final “Godfather” film, and her performance in that film has been panned by a majority of viewers. Her true talent, as we found out later, was in directing.

 

Her first film, “The Virgin Suicides”, was released in 1999, receiving strong reviews and a decent box office turn out. Fans could tell from the start that this woman really knew what she was doing behind the camera.

 

Coppola’s next film would be released in 2003 with even more impressive results. “Lost in Translation,” starring Bill Murray in his role as a struggling actor, is considered the filmmaker’s best work by most, and was most certainly her break out hit. A small independent production, this film ended up being nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, the last of which Coppola took home as her own.

 

The next two films Coppola would release were the dramas “Marie Antoinette” and “Somewhere” were released in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Neither were successful, and both received less enthusiastic reviews than her first films. Critic Roger Ebert, though, remained enthusiastic in his support for Coppola, awarding each four out of four stars.

 

Last year, Coppola’s film “The Bling Ring” was given a summer release. It opened to mixed critical results but decent numbers at the box office. Documenting the real life robberies by young Californians, the film starred “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson and Israel Broussard.

 

Next, Coppola is expected to work on adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid.” It is odd and unexpected material for the director, but she is sure to bring a fresh, unique take to this classic tale.

 

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