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Father-Daughter Movies

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
Slide 2: The Father in Need - Three Smart Girls (1936)
Slide 3: The Wartime Father - Journey for Margaret (1942)
Slide 4: The Father Filmmaker - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Slide 5: The Outgrown Father - Father of the Bride (1950)
Slide 6: The Father of Justice - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Slide 7: The Father Crook - Paper Moon (1973)
Slide 8: The Dickensian Father - Little Dorrit (1988)
The Funereal Father - My Girl (1991)
Slide 10: The Foodie Father - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Slide 11: The Feathery Father - Fly Away Home (1996)
Slide 12: The Selfless Father - 35 Shots of Rum (2008)
Slide 1: Introduction

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).