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Still from the film Passion Fish (1992) showing a three people talking in a kitchen

Passion Fish

Friday Feb 28, 2020 7:30 pm This is a past program

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents classic film and contemporary cinema in the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater.

Part of the series John Sayles: Independent. Sayles will attend each screening for conversations and to sign copies of his new novel, Yellow Earth, which will be on sale at each venue.

Passion Fish

Inspired both by John Sayles’s experience working as a hospital orderly and his admiration of Bergman’s Persona, this Louisana-set two-hander pairs May-Alice (Mary McDonnell), a hopeless soap-star-turned-paraplegic, with nurse Chantelle (Alfre Woodard) for an update on the traditional women’s picture. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 65th Academy Awards—losing out to Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game—as well as Best Supporting Actress for McDonnell, fresh off of her much-lauded Dances with Wolves turn. These nods would lead to some of the best box office returns of Sayles’s career to date, with candid performances that warrant repeat viewings. (1992, dir. John Sayles, 35mm print from the UCLA Film & Television Archive, color, 136 min.)