Sofia Coppola is responding to criticism The Beguiled: ‘I did not want a stereotypical black slave to increase’

The new film from Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled, is under fire. They removed the black character Mattie. In an open letter she explains why she chose the character from the book of Thomas Cullinan does not have to carry on.

The Beguiled, with Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst. © gf

Sofia Coppola brought The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan from 1966, again to the white cloth. In 1971 went to director Don Siegel, and its all for. In the book which both movies are based on late Cullinan Mattie, a black slave, to the word. In the filming in the early seventies, keeps Siegel to the original characters and only change the name of Mattie to Hallie. Coppola chose, however, for the slave is deleted from her version.


That the director of a movie about the American civil war, with only white actors could put on quite a bit of criticism count. Itself defends her choice in an open letter for Indiewiredoor to say that the focus of her film is the abandoned white women at the end of the civil war. “I didn’t want to racially stereotype boost. Facts and history support my choice to white women in isolation to demonstrate, in a setting in which the slaves escaped. In addition, I found that slavery as a side plot to add to the story an insult is compared to the slaves of the past.’

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Her choice to only white actors in to convert is to say, based on respect for the slaves. Their story is not along the nose way to be mentioned in a film about a different subject, she states.

Sultry atmosphere

In the picture wanted to Coppola, the universal themes of desire, lust and the dynamics between men and women to the screen translate. “The story of the isolation of the women intrigued me. They were closed off from the world and lived in a state of denial. I have focused on how they deal with oppression and lust when a man in their abandoned world enters, and how that situation several of the women affected.’

The question that Coppola himself stated was not about the political or racial context, but about the specific situation in which this left women in it. “What interested me was the fraught context in which women are raised to be beautiful and sweet for men, but there are no men in their environment to detect,” she tells Dazed.

Historic setting

The criticism that her film is a perversion of the reality, answer Coppola that the setting in which her characters are historically accurate . The director read a lot of books over the period of the American civil war, and consulted an expert for the film. The picture was included in Madewood, a plantation house in Louisiana that was also used for the Lemonade-video clip Beyonce.

In her open letter, she shows that the criticism does not want to ignore, and will take during the preparations of her next movies. “I’ve been thinking about the criticism and will continue to do so.’

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