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Celebrating Women Directors: Smooth Talk

Celebrating Women Directors: Smooth Talk
Few women had the opportunity to direct and release their films theatrically in the ‘70s and ‘80s. But the ones who did, even briefly, blazed the trail for future female directors.
Joyce Chopra’s masterful drama SMOOTH TALK, based loosely on the acclaimed short story by Joyce Carol Oates, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1986. This chilling film features a breakout performance by a teenage Laura Dern navigating the darker edges of youthful power and vulnerability. We’ll explore themes of innocence and power dynamics, and learn why Chopra left feature filmmaking in Hollywood after such a successful start.
This course will be taught by Jenny Lee whose previous MMU Friday afternoon classes include Stagecoach (John Ford), La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir), and Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi).
Class size will be limited to 18.
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