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If you’ve seen the Don Siegel’s 1971 adaptation of The Beguiled, it’s easy to compare and contrast it with Sofia Coppola’s version. Both intend to tell the same story, the one told in Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel of the same name, but they deviate in one thing: perspective.
Director Sofia Coppola was looking for a new project when a friend of hers suggested that she remakes Seigel’s The Beguiled. She studied the original source material including Cullinan’s novel and knew she needed to tell the story in her own way. Working on the script, Coppola stripped the story down to its essentials. She envisioned a more focused story honing in on the experiences of women living at an all-girls school in the America’s Civil War era South. Cullinan’s novel was written with multiple perspectives and Siegel’s adaptation follows the male lead, John McBurney played by Clint Eastwood. Coppola’s vision shifted to the female point of view.
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