SCREENWRITER'S CHOICE, in association with the 18th UCI Screenwriting Festival:
An evening with Screenwriter & Director Callie Khouri
Thursday, May 27
THELMA AND LOUISE
Presented by Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Callie Khouri, introduced by Dr. Marie Cartier
Screening followed by Q&A with the screenwriter
Non-FMS Students: $3, Non-FMS Faculty & Staff: $4, Seniors: $5, General: $6
Oscar and Golden Globe winning screenwriter Callie Khouri made her writing debut with this film, and since then went on to serve on the board of directors of the Writer’s Guild of America and was awarded the Horton Foote Award for Special Achievement in Screenwriting in 2005. Ms. Khouri made her directorial debut with DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD in June 2002, which she also adapted for the screen. Most recently, Ms. Khouri finished directing her second feature film, MAD MONEY (2008), starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifa, Katie Holmes and Ted Danson. Ms. Khouri's visit to UCI is made possible in part with funding from the UCI Department of Film & Media Studies.
Upon its release, Thelma and Louise -- starring Susan Sarandon (Thelma), Geena Davis (Louise), and Harvey Keitel (a detective) -- injected new energy into the American “road movie” while providing an exercise in “gender-bending:” rootless, adventure-seeking male protagonists commonly tied to the genre were replaced with strong, well-defined women characters who gain the upper hand over social and personal adversity. This is not to say that rootless men don’t play a role in the film – Brad Pitt receives his screen debut as a parolee thief who charms his way into Thelma’s (Davis) life. Unlike its seventies counterparts, most notably Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969), which starred Hopper along with Henry Fonda and Jack Nicholson in the key roles, the appeal of Thelma and Louise rests not only on its idyllic portrayal of the American West, peppered here and there with the requisite action/suspense sequences, but above all in its witty dialogue and carefully crafted performances, earning Oscar nominations for both lead actresses and foregrounding the talents of screenwriter Khouri, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This is a film with deep and immediate appeal to women “on the verge:" in it, a housewife desperate to break away from a beer-drinking, possessive husband joins a middle-aged waitress (Sarandon, who is in fear of finding herself indefinitely single) for a two-day road trip that rapidly converts into a life-transforming adventure. The plot structure echoes – and reworks – Ida Lupino’s 50s noir The Hitchhiker in interesting ways.--CB
* This film has been rated "R" for strong language, and for some violence and sensuality.
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