Wild Nights With Emily

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

D: Madeleine Olnek
USA
84 min

Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in the humorous drama Wild Nights With Emily. The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, a rivalry emerged when her brother's mistress (Amy Seimetz) along with editor T.W. Higginson (Brett Gelman) published a book of Emily's poems (screens with "Fifteen," D: Louisa Baldwin, USA, 4 min).