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Posted November 09, 2010 to photo album "Father-Daughter Movies"
Inspired by Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, resident film historian David Parkinson looks back over the history of films that focus on father-daughter relationships.
Slide 1: Introduction
Sofia Coppola is no stranger to father-daughter relationships on screen, having played Michael Corleone's daughter Mary in The Godfather: Part III (1990), which was directed by her own father, Francis Ford Coppola. Indeed, she is perfectly placed to assess a child's viewpoint of a father's celebrity in Somewhere, the Golden Lion-winning drama that sees 11 year-old Elle Fanning cope with remarkable equanimity with the showbiz lifestyle that so fazes her actor father, Stephen Dorff. In the following slideshow, David Parkinson examines the tradition of father-daughter movies that Somewhere is part of, taking in films such as Deanna Durbin’s 1936 debut movie Three Smart Girls, director Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from 11-year-old Tatum O’Neal, and Ang Lee’s final part of his “Father Knows Best” trilogy, Eat Drink Man Woman (1994).