While accepting the Academy Award she won for writing “Lost in Translation,” Sofia Coppola thanked several filmmakers who’d influenced her: Wong Kar-wai, Bob Fosse, Michelangelo Antonioni. She’s cited several movies by others as favorites, including one directed by her father
“I love that it’s an art film about teenagers,” Coppola told Rotten Tomatoes when asked about her favorite films in 2010. “I just love the way that it’s shot — I love those old lenses, those Zeiss lenses; they have a softer feel. Roman [Coppola, her brother] and I are just sentimental about film.”
These next four come from a goop feature in which Gwyneth Paltrow asked some of her favorite directors to list their favorite films. Coppola didn’t offer her thoughts on them, but “Tootsie” certainly falls in line with her other choices: Coming at the tail end of the New Hollywood era, it’s a well-acted and -written comedy that gradually reveals itself to be something more.
Easily the most surprising entry on this list, “Never Scared” also isn’t, technically speaking, a movie. Since she’s apparently a fan of Rock’s stand-up, though, one can’t help wondering if she also liked “Top Five.”
This one is speculative, as Coppola didn’t specify which of Wong’s movies she was watching while writing “Lost in Translation,” but the timeline and subject matter certainly line up; if not “In the Mood for Love,” “Chungking Express” seems just as likely.