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Damsels in Distress

Director in Person
$12 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Whit Stillman.
With Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton.
US, 2011, digital video, color, 99 min.

Damsels in Distress introduction and post-screening discussion with Whit Stillman and David Pendleton. ©Harvard Film Archive

An off-beat, giddy and Laura Ashley colored send-up of smug liberal college Americana, Stillman’s latest filmworks within a bolder mode of satiric caricature than his earlier trilogy. Starring mumblecore icon Greta Gerwig as the overzealous leader of an all-girl suicide prevention club, Damsels in Distress gleefully skewers dominant college stereotypes, from jock machismo and sorority cattiness, to playfully suggest the inflexible socio-cultural and class hierarchies that hold up academia’s ivory tower. – HG

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