Laura Shamas, Ph.D.: Hit and Myth: The Bling Ring and Free Samples
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Two new films comment on issues of youth, identity and a mythological Los Angeles, where hopes and dreams are sorted, destroyed, or sometimes ironically realized by those who are infamous, photogenic, and troubled.
The Bling Ring, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on a true story about a group of high school students in the San Fernando Valley who repeatedly rob celebrity homes, taking jewelry, clothes, cash, personal photos, and artwork--a plunder with a final worth of over three million dollars. The film was inspired by Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." The ensemble cast includes Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, and Taissa Farmiga as the teenaged thieves.
Coppola doesn't delve deeply into motivations, other than the gang seeks to emulate celebrity style -- just because. Much of the film inhabits the ritual aspects of the robberies and a primal desire to attain what celebrities own. In tha
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