If you've seen Sofia Coppola's classic debut film—the one that established her as one of the most exciting new voices in American film—you probably remember its opening title sequence just as much as the rest of the film that follows. Visual artist Geoff McFetridge's design for the opening credits set the film's dreamy tone and immediately created a hallmark visual language for the angsty teen girl movement of the early 00s.
An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s highly acclaimed first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of men who were boys at the time and still yearn to understand what happened.
Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, and featuring a magnetic performance by Kirsten Dunst, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.
Hear from Geoff himself about his inspiration behind the title sequence for The Virgin Suicides, and his experience of working on the film in a live intro by the artist.
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