John Powers on Sofia Coppola’s new film, The Bling Ring:
Now, Coppola is no incisive social analyst, but her movie does get you thinking about the society that could produce the Bling Ring. After all, its young robbers aren’t that far out of the American mainstream. Indeed, they’re an almost natural offshoot of a consumption-crazy culture that incessantly celebrates the idea of owning fancy cars, fancy watches, fancy clothes. They are driven by the same heedless desire to live large that led grown-ups to run up vast, unpayable credit-card bills or to make millions selling off shares in worthless mortgages.
- A/B Life. This portrait series is intended to not only capture a moment, but a perspective. To identify, not just to observe.
- Permission was kindly given by the subjects prior to shooting.
- Long Beach, California
- Kodak 400 black & white film
Yang-Yang: Daddy, I can’t see what you see and you can’t see what I see. How can I know what you see?
NJ: Good question. I never thought of that. That’s why we need a camera.
Youth love freedom. For as long as the world continues to turn on its axis, young people will defend freedom.Chai Ling