The Virgin Suicides: Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love (Cinema and Youth Cultures)
Based on the best-selling novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, TheVirgin Suicides is director Sofia Coppola's evocative debutfeature of young love, sex, loss and family pressures in mid-1970sAmerica. Acclaimed by both critics and audiences on release, thefilm is now viewed as a remarkable and bold feature by asignificant female director addressing many issues related toyouth, female sexuality and family.This book helps readers understand the film's significance andthe stylistic and storytelling choices made by director Coppola.The analysis of the film occurs around three interlockingarguments: the unusual structuring absence in the film, theintricate manner through which music is used in the drama,communication and character creation, and the film's careful andspecific referencing of advertising in the 1970s (the decade of thefilm's narrative). The film's enigmatic structure and uniquestorytelling devices and their relationship to female adolescence,sexuality and ideology are also considered in depth. Withoutsolving the mysteries of the film, the book is designed to uncoverthe reasons why the film continues to fascinate viewers so manyyears after its release.