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The Bling Ring (2013)

Sofia Coppola’s 2013 motion picture The Bling Ring is based on true events written in an article in Vanity Fair about a group of teens, obsessed with celebrity lifestyle, that secure the location of the houses of the rich and famous in order to rob them.

As the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, it is clear that immediately, Sofia has the potential to create an auteuristic piece, which differentiates her works to that of other directors and could be perceived as more realistic as she grew up in a lavish lifestyle. What set this motion picture apart from others in 2013 is the beautiful use of mise-en-scène, portraying the world within the film. This flows with the plot and allows for the main themes of the picture (being isolation, dreams and the obsession of fame) to seep through. There are a number of scenes in which her auteuristic tendencies are visible, in particular the scene in which the home of Audrina Partridge is robbed by Mark and Rebecca and a long shot is used. What is so interesting about this shot is the use of no dialogue but the diegetic sound of the outside world.

The plot consists of flashbacks, character interviews and a creative use of music, which results in a piece that flows with artistic vision, displaying quirkiness and individuality.

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— AW