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Bright Lights Film Series: ‘Wild Nights with Emily’
September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Co-presented by Wicked Queer; Writing, Literature and Publishing; and the Boston Women’s Film Festival
Directed by Madeleine Olnek, comedy, English with English subtitles, 84 minutes, USA (2018)
The poet Emily Dickinson’s persona, popularized since her death, has been that of a reclusive spinster — a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. In this humorous drama, Molly Shannon captures the vivacious, irreverent side of Emily Dickinson that was covered up for years — most notably her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. After Emily’s death, a rivalry emerges when her brother’s mistress, along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman), publish a book of Emily’s poems. Unique and surreal, Wild Nights with Emily sheds new light on the life of one of our most celebrated poets.
Discussion led by WLP faculty members Robin Fast, Christine Casson, and Anna Ross to follow. F, W, LGBTQ