January 24-29, I’ll be presenting six nights of Meryl Streep movies at LA’s best rep theater, the New Beverly Cinema. In addition to the chance to see a number peak Meryl titles that don’t often hit the rep circuit, there will be Q&As, giveaways, and general fun time party stuff. Please come! And spread the word! Here’s the schedule:
Friday-Saturday, January 24-25: She-Devil and Death Becomes Her
Robert Zemeckis’ beauty myth satire/special effects bonanza plays like the big budget, summer tentpole remake of Susan Siedelman’s B-movie treatment of the same themes. It’s possible I wrote this book just to have an excuse to show these two movies together. Don’t miss this one.
Sunday-Monday, January 26-27: Postcards From the Edge and Defending Your Life
Long before Streep’s late-’00s run as a mainstream summer comedy star with movies like The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia!, she tried to prove herself as a comedienne in a run of movies (including these two, and the previous double feature) which were largely dismissed at the time by both critics and audiences. Maybe no one was ready for them — or maybe it was a little off-putting that allof them had something to say about standards of female perfection set by men — but I think they’re great.
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 28-29: Sophie’s Choice
If there’s one film that explains why Streep struggled to be seen as a comedienne, it’s probably this, the film which netted her her first Best Actress Oscar, and made her face synonymous with female suffering and grand historical tragedy. Sophie’s Choice is a movie that, I think, is referenced more often than it’s actually watched. It’s not a barrel of laughs, this one, but it is, to be sure, an experience — and Meryl’s work in it is nothing short of a masterclass in acting for the camera.