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Wild Nights with Emily

USA, English, 84 mins

  • Director: Madeleine Olnek
  • Writer: Madeleine Olnek
  • Producer: Anna Margarita Albelo; Casper Andreas; Madeleine Olnek; Max Rifkind-Barron

CGiii Comment

Do not go into this film expecting a re-hash/re-make of Terence Davies' [quite lovely] A Quiet Passion - or, you will be woefully and sorely disappointed. For this is a cheap, irreverent, [obviously] reverential, playfully fictionalised spoof of Emily Dickinson's life and works.

How Madeleine Olnek managed to get permission from Harvard to use Dickinson's poems and letters is - indeed - a feather in her cap! They must be reeling with rage! Or, do the Harvard elite have an unexpected and surprising sense-of-humour? Because...you need one, an acquired one at that, for this rather ragged film.

As we saw with Mary Shelley, filmmakers take liberties with [rather well-documented] literary figures, they re-interpret and abuse the facts until their agenda is fulfilled...to Hell with credibility. Madeleine Olnek's posthumous politicising of Emily Dickinson as being a lesbian feminist hero is - for want of a better word - a nonsense. Cue: a series of heated debates and some obligatory H8-mails!

The less-serious will probably say: C'mon, climb down from your high-horse, it's all just a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun! Touché!


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The(ir) Blurb...

Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in Wild Nights With Emily, a humorous drama. This independent film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years - most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

Cast & Characters

Molly Shannon as Adult Emily
Amy Seimetz as Mabel
Susan Ziegler as Adult Susan
Brett Gelman as Higginson
Jackie Monahan as Adult Lavina
Kevin Seal as Adult Austin
Dana Melanie as Young Emily
Sasha Frolova as Young Susan
Lisa Haas as Maggie
Casper Andreas as Joseph Lyman
Allison Lane as The Widow Kate
Robert McCaskill as Ralph Waldo Emerson
David Albiero as David Peck Todd

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