A special episode of The Road to Cinema Podcast featuring a roundtable discussion among journalists and myself with screenwriter/director Noah Baumbach, actress/screenwriter Greta Gerwig, and actress Lola Kirke.
“Mistress America” hearkens back to the great screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s with its sharp wit and fast paced dialogue. Surprisingly, the film also pays homage to the comedies of the 1980s with an emotionally engaging synthesized music score which Gerwig partially credits to the Steve Martin/John Candy classic “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” which was written and directed by the late John Hughes. Tracy, played by Lola Kirke, is a lonely college freshman who aspires to be a writer and included in her college’s prestigious literary club. Tracy finds narrative inspiration in her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, played by Greta Gerwig. The free spirited Brooke, a 30 something high school educated multi-hyphenate bounces from one job to another as she holds a grudge against her former best friend who allegedly stole her million dollar fashion idea, her boyfriend, and her two cats.
Watch the trailer for “Mistress America” which opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, August 14th!
Other journalists and myself ask questions about the development of the film, the collaboration process among the actors, and the unique shooting style. I have been an avid Baumbach enthusiast since his Oscar nominated “The Squid and the Whale.” Also worth checking out are his debut feature “Kicking and Screaming”, “Margot at the Wedding”, “Greenberg”, and “While We’re Young” which was released earlier this year and now available on iTunes and Amazon.
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