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Somewhere Filmmakers Pick their Favorite Hotel Films

Favorite Hotel Films

Somewhere Filmmakers Pick their Favorite Hotel Films

Much of Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is set in the iconic Chateau Marmont. We asked some of the folks involved in the production of Somewhere to pick their favorite hotel movies.

Stacey Battat's Favorite Hotel Movies
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Breathless

I like the traditional European thing that the keys are left downstairs and that the room itself is more like an apartment. There is also something quite wonderful about the spontaneity of a hotel. The scene where Jean Seberg comes in and Jean-Paul Belmondo is in her room is pretty wonderful. Had he been in her house, it would have been creepy, but hotels imply transience and time that would surely pass.

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Stardust Memories

The Stardust hotel sign alone is enough to put it on the list. But another thing that is so enchanting about it, is the way Woody Allen reflects on all his past loves. Thinking about your life is something I find most often happens when away from home and a regular routine. I also quite like that we really get the idea that anything can happen at a hotel. Hotels are full of potential, strangers and new experiences.

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Don't Look Now

I love how beautiful that movie is more than anything else. The cinematography and the light are so pretty. It's also such a great setting for a film of its nature since Venice is so mysterious. The magic and mystery of Venice is also enchanting.

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Lost in Translation

Mostly I just love that film because it really captures the uncertainty of youth, the point at which you've done everything you are supposed to do and are still a little lost. There is something extra wonderful about it being set in a hotel. I had never thought of this until now, but the location is incredibly hopeful. Hotels are full of potential, and hotels imply transience and a time that would surely pass.

Stacey Battat
Stacey Battat

Stacey Battat

After working for iconic designer Marc Jacobs, Somewhere’s costume designer Stacey Battat segued into working as a fashion stylist full-time for such illustrious photographers as Dusan Reljin, Annie Leibovitz, and Brigitte Lacombe, contributing to Vanity Fair, GQ, W, and other publications. Her career as a costume designer began with Zoe Cassavetes’ Broken English. She next designed the costumes for Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Happy Tears, Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s Uncertainty, and Will Frears’ Coach. Stacey Battat’s latest projects as costume designer are writer/director Shana Feste’s Love Don’t Let Me Down and the television series How to Make It in America.

Having designed the costumes for the people staying at the Chateau Marmont in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Ms. Battat seemed like the perfect person to match hotels to film. So we asked her what other hotels in film have helped fashion her cinematic imagination. Here are four of her favorites.

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