One of the real delights of (the film) is how funny it is, fresh and funny and's a romp, but it's a romp with real bite.

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Wild Nights with Emily

Film • May 17–May 23

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In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Yes, this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead, her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.

A timely critique of how women’s history is rewritten, Wild Nights with Emily is vibrant, irreverent and tender–perhaps a closer depiction of Emily Dickinson’s real life than anything seen before.

Directed by Madeleine Olnek.

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2019. USA. 84 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual content.