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That sounds like a fun class. Like yiu of the film is a book adaptation I would have to read the book so I can consider what the director chose to omit or change.


Danielle: sounds like you have a wonderful weekend planned! (actually, you're probably now in the middle of it). How lucky you are, to have easy access to courses on films. I'd love to take some film classes; knowing even a little bit about films so totally enriches the experience of watching them.
I think Sofia Coppola is a very interesting director and I like her work very much. My favorite is Lost in Translation, which I thought was great. Marie Antoinette I thought flawed but really interesting and I liked The Beguiled a great deal. I haven't seen The Virgin Suicides, although I did read the novel many, many, many years ago. TBH I didn't like it that much (although the writing was lovely); I suspect that it went largely over my very callow head! I really must track the movie down at some point.
I think your movie/book project sounds like a wonderful way to spend some time. I should have thought of that!
The Essential Gaze Sounds Wonderful. I MUST get a copy.


Sounds like a fun weekend! And so do your film classes. I’ve audited a few film classes at my local community college, and they were great fun and got me seeing movies I would otherwise have missed. (One was on American cinema, one on world cinema, and one on Alfred Hitchcock). You remind me to see what’s on their schedule for the fall. But the classes would have been even better if there had been some discussion of the films by the students, so your classes sound even better Do they serve popcorn, too?

Annabel (AnnaBookBel)

I loved both thie film and the book of The Virgin Suicides. Hope you enjoye them too.


How lovely! I enjoyed the Virgin suicides movie and also the Marie Antoinette one, but lately I read short stories by J Eugenides and I was disappointed because the female characters were all defined through a man's POV. You'll let us know. I will look the Female Gaze book up for my husband, it's typically a book he might be interested in.

Kathy Johnson

Hope your weekend turned out to be all you wanted it to be. The Female Gaze looks a like a good read, and a great way to learn about female directors.


I am nearly finished with the Virgin Suicides and should be ready to see the film on Saturday. It was both easy and hard to read if that makes sense. Quite a claustrophobic world and I am very curious to see how Coppola brings it to life. A least I will have a frame of reference now when we watch it and talk about it.


I think I am going to have to buy a copy of The Female Gaze to have as my own as I watch my way through that list! It is an inexpensive book, so I can take my time and read and watch. The novel is not one I feel very warm and fuzzy about. I appreciate it, but I am not sure I can say I loved it. Actually I am nearly at the end and will finish tonight. I am not sure I will understand the why of the suicides, but maybe seeing the movie will help, too. I have seen a couple of her films, and I am looking forward to Lost in Translation not least as it is set in Tokyo so perfect for my summer reading project. I seem to have heard it is also considered her best, so I guess I can compare since I will be watching so many in the coming few weeks.


It is interesting to watch the movies and hear the lecture on what to look for to interpret the film. I am sometimes overwhelmed by the class discussion. I just try and soak it in, but some of the students (and this is all just community oriented not meant to be a scholarly class) are so very articulate in their comments. I also took a Hitchcock class which I loved. And one on Marilyn Monroe which was really interesting. I am trying to do a little extracurricular reading this time so maybe I can actually add something to the discussion. Maybe, or maybe not, we'll see. And yes, we do get popcorn and a drink as our snack! :)


The book was more challenging that I was expecting-it was interesting since the reader never quite gets to get inside the girls's heads--just some comments they make as recorded by others. I can see why this might be considered a classic. I can't wait to finally see the film. I watched a trailer to get a taste!


Is your husband a movie fan? I just rewatched Eric Rohmer's four season films, which are hard to come by here but I loved. I am really looking forward to the class this weekend and am just finishing the book. You are right--it is a little disturbing to get to know these girls through the eyes of male narrators. It feels like they frame the girls through a very limited interpretation--as related to sex and death. It is all curious and a little claustrophobic. I have been looking for something more to read about the novel. One article got a little too esoteric (talking about criticism via Bataille which was all over my head) but I have another that is a little more generic. I am sure seeing the film will help and my teacher is a younger woman and so she will give a good background to the story, I am sure! The book, by the way, is not at all scholarly--just a very general overview of the films. But as a jumping off place it is pretty good!


I like finding things like that book that are places to start learning about something and perfect for a little project, too. Weekends always go too too fast, but another is on the way thankfully!!

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