𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐄𝐆𝐔𝐈𝐋𝐄𝐃 (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟕) "𝚈𝚘𝚞'𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚞𝚗𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚘𝚛, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚘 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞." To mark the release of ‘On the Rocks’, we look back at the 2017 Southern Gothic film, #TheBeguiled,
written and directed by #SofiaCoppola,
and based on the book of the same name by author Thomas P. Cullinan, which was previously adapted on screen by Don Seigel with a 1971 film led by #ClintEastwood.
the film follows an injured Union soldier, who finds himself on the run as a deserter during the Civil War, as he seeks refuge at an all-female Mississippi boarding school where the teachers and students seem more than willing to help, as sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounded leg while offering him comfort and companionship. With a desire to deviate away from the “tacky, ugly world" of her previous film, ‘The Bling Ring’, Coppola cited her intrigue with the American South as part of the story's setting, as she said that she "wanted the film to represent an exaggerated version of all the ways women were traditionally raised there just to be lovely and cater to men—the manners of that whole world, and how they change when the men go away". Coppola had also cited ‘Gone with the Wind’ as her inspiration for creating a film that was relatable despite its position within a different era. Coppola received Best Director at the 2017 #CannesFilmFestival,
with ‘The Beguiled’ also being praised for the captivating performances, the stylishly haunting visual aesthetic and the production and costume design. However, the film faced a wave of controversy and division, including accusations of 'whitewashing' aspects of the original story and within the casting, and for minimising the story of the people experiencing actual hardship in favour of depicting, albeit authentically, the lavish lifestyle of her protagonists… #Indie