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March 20, 2008

>When music defines a film piece


Decades before Sofia Coppola and Gus Van Sant, just to name a few filmmakers, the brilliant Mike Nichols knew like no one else how to transform a song or two in a present character in his films. A song would become a character’s personality extension or even the entire film’s soul, it would feel so powerful that neither dialogues nor editing cuts would be necessary to comprehend a scene or the character’s feelings and personal motivations. Seeing Benjamin Braddock with contemporary eyes, I can almost interpret him as a male version of Sofia’s typical characters. Or could Charlotte be a modern female version of Benjamin?