Visually I’m influenced and nudged by the work of others, sometimes in non-visual arts even. The debt Lost In Translation owes to La Dolce Vita (Fellini 1960) is pretty clear, of course. In one scene the main characters are watching it in a hotel room on television.

The very first shot of the film (see below) made me wonder. The composition, the color of her see-thru underwear. It’s a John Kacere painting – his ‘Jutta’ hangs in Charlotte’s hotel room. Here his ribald innuendo has been replaced by something more elusive.

What is it telling us about Charlotte and the manner in which the film will unfold?

I’ll leave that up to you. Sofia Coppola acknowledges her debts and influences.


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