Greta Gerwig presents: Something Wild + Mistress America
Tuesday, July 28
SOLD OUT! SOMETHING WILD on 35mm, followed by a post-film discussion with Greta Gerwig! Plus a free sneak preview screening of MISTRESS AMERICA (DCP projection).”A double-feature of dreams.” – Time Out New York
An evening of modern screwball — before the release of MISTRESS AMERICA, her new film as star and co-writer, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) joins us to present one of the film’s inspirations, Jonathan Demme’s 1986 colorful cult classic SOMETHING WILD on 35mm, followed by a discussion with Gerwig, and a free preview screening of MISTRESS AMERICA for all ticketholders, introduced by Gerwig. MISTRESS AMERICA opens Fri Aug 14. Special thanks to Fox Searchlight.
SOMETHING WILD (1986, Jonathan Demme, USA, 117 min.)
“Jonathan Demme’s picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he’s ever done. Jeff Daniels is Charlie, a New York corporate schmo who becomes sexual prey to Melanie Griffith’s Lulu (a nod to Pabst’s Pandora’s Box) and later punching bag for her estranged, psychotic husband (Ray Liotta). Demme’s concerned with the ways his characters interrelate, bobbing between Preston Sturges social farce and Blue Velvet antisocial nightmare, but also with the American character generally, the environments that give messy shape to individual lives, force and urgency to particular obsessions… the best American [film of 1986]—in its action-movie energy, in its preference for practical sociology over ruminating psychology.” – Chicago Reader
MISTRESS AMERICA (Noah Baumbach, USA, 86 min.)
In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.