Wild Nights With Emily
Director: Madeleine Olnek Run Time: 85 min. Format: Digital Rating: PG-13
Starring: Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler
The poet Emily Dickinson’s persona, popularized since her death, has been that of a reclusive spinster: a delicate wallflower too sensitive for this world. In this humorous drama, Molly Shannon captures the vivacious, irreverent side of Emily Dickinson that was covered up for years, most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily’s death, a rivalry emerges when her brother’s mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily’s poems. Unique and surreal, Wild Nights With Emily sheds new light on the life one of our most celebrated poets.