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US director Sofia Coppola poses during the photocall for 'The Beguiled' during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 24 May 2017.

‘Beguiled’ Director Sofia Coppola says Absence of Black Slave Character in Movie ‘Comes from Respect’

When Sofia Coppola decided to write a screenplay and direct a remake of The Beguiled, critics were quick to point out that she chose not to include an African American character, a slave named Mattie, who was featured in both the 1971 film and Thomas Cullinan’s original book — especially since the

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