googletag.enableServices(); }); Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | Wild Nights with Emily
Wild Nights with Emily (PG-13) Release Date: May 17th, 2019
Runtime: 1 hr. 24 min.
Director: Madeline Olnek
Genres: Comedy
Starring: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman
Ends 5/23
In this laugh-out-loud, emotionally-engaging period piece that’s part sketch comedy, part historical burlesque, Molly Shannon transforms 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson from tragic spinster to irreverent lesbian heartthrob.
In Wild Nights with Emily, writer/director Madeleine Olnek (The Foxy Merkins) asks and answers the question: Was Emily Dickinson really a stoic shut-in, as the history books indicate, or what she much more? Planting her tongue firmly in her cheek, Olnek reclaims Dickinson’s identity from the throes of patriarchy, exploring her wildly vivacious side and her lifelong romantic relationship with her best friend and brother’s wife, Susan (Susan Ziegler), recasting her life story through the lens of a love that was (unfortunately) unspeakable in her day. Driven by a crackling and hilarious performance by Shannon that captures the passionate drive of a woman breaking all the rules, Olnek’s film is a deliriously absurd revisionist take on a creative genius and the many men and women who tried – and failed – to bring her down. A timely critique of how women’s history is rewritten, Wild Nights with Emily remains vibrant, irreverent and tender—a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson’s real life than anything seen before.

The New York Times Teo Bugbee writes "This is an irreverent film, but its lightness is meaningful. With each silly flourish, Olnek offers joy and companionship to a figure whose history was more conveniently presented to generations of readers as solitary."