Sofia Coppola adapts Thomas Cullinan’s novel about a wounded Union soldier stranded at a girls school in Virginia towards the end of the Civil War as a claustrophobic chamber piece. Coppola’s frames are overfilled with verdant vegetation and lush greenery encircles the characters, forcing them ever closer together. Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst lead a strong cast of actors at once attracted and repulsed by Colin Farrell’s maimed Corporal McBurney.
A Q&A with cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, moderated by NPR film critic Ella Taylor, follows the screening.
The Beguiled. 2017. USA. Directed by Sofia Coppola. 93 min. Courtesy of Focus Features.
Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for this screening.
This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, producer, film exhibitions and projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter. Additional media support is provided by Time Out L.A.