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Greta Gerwig It’s already a must in today’s Hollywood.. The actress, director, screenwriter and producer has been finding her place in the industry since her early years as muse of mumblecore American until her conversion into a creator of stories who aspires to big budgets. Gerwig is a creative force in an industry in need of female voices. And his journey has only just begun.
Although she always wanted to write, she was unable to get a place on a postgraduate drama course, so instead turned to acting, debuting in 2006 with ‘LOL’ by joe swanberg. Thus became the image of a whole generation millennial with characters who tend to live in their own world and fight for their dreams despite the odds, like in ‘Hannah Takes The Stairs’. That model nailed it when really she started writing her own stories, which was what she had always wanted to do, and the result was movies like ‘Mistress America’ and ‘Frances Ha’, which she co-wrote with Noah Baumbach (his partner in real life). Although not everything has been indie for that girl born in Sacramento: She has also starred in notable productions such as Pablo Larraín’s ‘Jackie’, one of Natalie Portman’s best films, in which she was the First Lady’s closest confidante, and Whit Stillman’s ‘Damsels in Distress’, in which her chaotic charisma It made her stand out from the crowd.
With ‘Lady Bird’ she finally established herself as an absolute author. And his way of dealing with leadership is important: “When you rehearse, you’re hypnotizing everyone so that they dream the same dream with you. So by the time you start shooting the movie, they won’t do anything out of character because they’re all in the same dream.“, he explained in an interview with ELLEwhere he added: “I’m always in the middle of some kind of deep and necessary questioning about myself, but I think what I’ve always had is a feeling of: it’s so amazing to me that this is what I can do and I can’t believe I’ve made it this far.“.
AHere we celebrate Greta Gerwig’s career with her best moments as an actress and directora, from his beginnings in the industry to his career behind the camera, such as his very personal ‘Lady Bird’, the version of ‘Little Women’ that premiered in 2019 and with which he confirmed his talent, to the new ‘Barbie’, the project that he is preparing together with Margot Robbie about the famous doll and that does not leave to surprise the public every time there is a new update. What are the Australian actress and filmmaker preparing? In July 2023 we will know. In the meantime, let’s spend some time on Gerwig’s work.
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Born in Sacramento
As the saoirse ronan of ‘Lady Bird’, one of the best comedies in the history of cinema, Greta Celeste Gerwig He was born on August 4, 1983 in Sacramento, a small Californian city that does not reach half a million inhabitants. This is no accident, as the film, which is also an ode to his hometown, is largely autobiographical. His mother, played by Laurie Metcalf in the film, she was also a nurse, and Greta was educated at a religious school, St. Francis High School. Like in the movie.
Review of ‘Lady Bird’
a particular girl
why do we like it so much? Maybe because it’s unique. She doesn’t seem like a pin-up girl, but someone you might get to know in the real world. She is intelligent, well read (‘Lady Bird’ opens with a quote from Joan Didion, also from Sacramento, followed by Saoirse with her mother listening to a John Steinbeck audiobook in the car), and stands out for his sense of humor, and for a smile that makes you fall in love.
‘Lady Bird’ is not, however, her directorial debut. In fact, he co-directed, co-wrote and co-starred in ‘Nights and Weekends’ (2008) alongside Joe Swanberg, a key American indie filmmaker. Previously, he had already taken part, under the orders of the same director, in the series ‘Young American Bodies’ (2006), in the short ‘Thanks for the Add!’ (2006) and in the features ‘Lol’ (2006) and in the emblematic ‘Hannah Takes the Stairs’ (2007), which he co-wrote.
princess of mumblecore
Joe Swamberg was one of the greatest apostles of the so-called mumblecorea movement called to restore the purity of American indie cinema, already highly vampirized by the big Hollywood studios. They were small films, made between friends, with tiny budgets. In ‘Hannah Takes the Stairs’, Greta had a day at the beach with Mark Duplass, who directed her, along with her brother Jay, in ‘Baghead’ (2008), another classic of said movement.
In those early years, however, Greta was very depressed. “It’s supposed to be the best time of my life, and yet I feel miserable.”, He said. Perhaps that is why he took a terrifying turn by signing up for ‘La Casa del Diablo’ (Ti West, 2009), a cult film that, released on deuvedé in our country, remains his only foray into the genre that was parodied in ‘Baghead’ .
the man of her life
Noah Baumbach, who produced ‘Alexander the Last’, by Joe Swanberg, had Greta for the brilliant ‘Greenberg’ (2010), which also premiered here on deuvedé, and shortly after they began dating. Together they wrote the celebrated ‘Frances Ha’ (2012), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He followed ‘Mistress America’, and an adaptation project of ‘The Corrections’, the already classic novel by Jonathan Franzen, which in the end HBO did not buy.
Her physique away from the Hollywood canon, too tall and somewhat lanky, kept her away from leading roles, and so seconded Natalie Portman in ‘No Strings Attached’directed by Ivan Reitman in 2011.
Directed by Noah
In 2015, the single ‘Mistress America’ was released, in which Gerwig and Lola Kirke played two stepsisters. Tracy, Kirke’s character, was a lonely girl whose life was changed by Brooke (Gerwig), who is much more adventurous.
five years later would coincide with Portman again in the much more notable ‘Jackie’Directed by Pablo Larrain. One is a star, and the other is something more than a star.
queen of indie
Greta Gerwig took part in some more mainstream production, like ‘Arthur’ (Jason Winer, 2011), a comedy by Russell Brand, or partnering with veteran Al Pacino in ‘The Actor’s Shadow’ (Barry Levinson, 2015). Woody Allen even had his little moment in ‘To Rome with Love’ (2012), but she belongs to the independent cinemaand thus has shone under the orders of directors such as Whit Stilman (‘Damsels in Distress’ 2011), Rebecca Miller (‘Maggie’s Plan’), Todd Solondz (‘Wiener-Dog’) or Mike Mills (‘Women of the 20th Century’ , released this year on VOD).
As seen in ‘Lady Bird’, the director felt an early attraction to the theater, although she really wanted to be a playwright. But she was rejected in a master’s degree, and she ended up becoming an actress. While studying at Columbia University, where she majored in English and Philosophy, she coincided on stage with Kate McKinnon, and in 2014 she made her big debut with a performance of Penelope Skinner’s ‘The Village Bike’. One reviewer summed up “she’s surprisingly natural and not surprisingly very funny.”
The Arcade Fire Moment
Directed by Spike Jonze, Gerwig was also the star of the original clip ‘Afterlife: Life Version’, by the massive and energetic Canadian band Arcade Fire. The clip begins with a sentimental breakup and ends with Gerwig giving it her all on stage in the middle of the group’s concert. Something like a musical ecstasy.
small screen siren
After the failure of the adaptation of ‘The corrections’, Greta added one more with a spin-off of ‘How I met your mother’ that also did not go beyond the pilot. In compensation, her memorable appearance as a mermaid in the cult series ‘Portlandia’. She has also lent her voice to the weird animated series ‘China Il’. But it is clear that she does not need television, the cinema is enough for her.
A bit of French Tour
The actress has not lavished too much beyond the American borders, but he participated in ‘Edén’ (2014), the choral film by Mia Hansen-Love, whose latest film, ‘Bergman’s Island’, came out this summer, about the rise and fall of his DJ brother during the French Touch era.
Gerwig, who in March 2019 became the mother of a son together with her partner, Noah Baumbach, starred in this story written and directed by Rebecca Miller. ‘Maggie’s plan’ followed the young woman of the title, determined to be a single mother but she could not find the right partner. Artificial inseminations, parents, ex-partners, donors, etc. were added to her plan to be her mother.
a story about them
Together with Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup, he starred in this story by Miker Mills. Set in the late 1970s, the film, considered one of the most feminist films in history, follows the story of three women in California in the late 1970s. The plot explores sexuality and love and reflects on about family and identity.
a glorious debut
Since its presentation at the Telluride festival, ‘Lady Bird’ fell in love with American critics, and also to the Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Golden Globes, which crowned it Best Comedy or Musical, with an additional Globe for Saoirse Ronan, who caressed the first of her short career after the nominations for ‘Brooklyn’ ( J. Crowley, 2015) and ‘Atonement’ (J. Wright, 2007). Only Gerwig’s script and Laurie Metclaf’s mother were left without a prize this time.
His consecration: ‘Little Women’
Greta Gerwig’s second feature film as director was once again a success, and it wasn’t easy.il: The director again adapted ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott, but she did it in an absolutely original way and different from later adaptations. A ‘Little Women’ for the 21st century, with a spectacular cast (she repeated with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, and signed the great Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Eliza Scanlen) and a willingness to go beyond the pages of the novel to turn the film into a self-reflection on its protagonist, on Alcott and on herself.
A very personal look
Indeed, there is a lot of Greta Gerwig in ‘Little Women’, and not just because it appears as director and screenwriter. Gerwig looks at Jo March (ronan) when she runs enthusiastically down the street (as she herself did in ‘Frances Ha’), when she gets angry because someone didn’t like her text and when her feminist ideas collide with her emotional needs. The end of the film gives importance to the layout of the book written by the protagonist, and there is a beautiful look at the art of creation.
Her new job as an actress
The new film directed by Noah Baumbach, ‘White noise’, will be in charge of opening the venice festival next August 31. In addition to Gerwig, the film features Adam Driver (another stronghold of the director), Jodie Turner-Smith, Don Cheadle and Alessandro Nivola among others.
Next stop: Barbie
After getting six nominations for the Oscars with ‘Little Women’ (among which there was unfairly no nomination for Best Direction, although it did win Best Costume), Gerwig faces new and promising projects: a live action barbie movie. This surprising proposal will come with a script signed by Gerwig and Baumbach, and will be starring Margot Robbie. So we can expect an intelligent and feminist reading of the famous doll. We cross our fingers!
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