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And that I see a darkness : the stardom of Kirsten Dunst in collaboration with Sofia Coppola in three images

Journal article
Authors Anna Backman Rogers
Published in Film-Philosophy. International Salon-Journal
Volume 23.2
Pages 114 -136
ISSN 1466-4615
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 114 -136
Language en
Keywords Dunst, Coppola, stardom, feminism, philosophy, film
Subject categories Philosophy, Arts, Visual Arts

Abstract

Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst share a long-standing collaboration that has lasted from Dunst’s adolescence onwards and into mature womanhood. As a former child star, Dunst has grown up in front of Coppola’s camera and has come to be closely associated with the director’s rarefied and highly aestheticised cinematic world. I have argued elsewhere (Backman Rogers 2018) that a cardinal and abiding concern of Coppola’s oeuvre is how images come to be collectively and culturally understood; moreover, Coppola is especially concerned with how the (en)gendering of an image can either open up or foreclose sites of contestation . In this sense, Coppola’s complex deployment of Dunst’s onscreen embodiment of femininity is crucial to understanding how her images work on the viewer.

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