Wild at Heart

Monday, June 25
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2hr 05mins // directed by:David Lynch // featuring:Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe // 35mm

David Lynch (Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet) delivers a vivid tale of love on the run in this violent, erotic tour-de-force, allowing for some truly chaotic and inspired performances from Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, and Willem Dafoe.

If Lula (Dern) knows one thing in this world, it's that she's destined to be with her ex-con boyfriend Sailor (Cage), no matter how many times her mama tries to kill him. But when she and Sailor finally hit the road in a desperate bid to find happiness, their journey plunges them into a disturbing underworld filled with sexual secrets and dangerous desires that form a terrifying tapestry of human extremity.

Wild at Heart Seminar with Harvard Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Knapp

Adapted from Barry Gifford’s pulp novel, Lynch’s film allows him to indulge some of his greatest obsessions: 1950s pop culture, heated melodrama, sex, violence, the seedy underbelly of the American landscape, and The Wizard of Oz. Led by Harvard Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Knapp, this seminar will explore the complicated production history and mixed critical response of Lynch’s film, situating it within his remarkable 40-plus year career.

Tickets are $25 ($22 for Coolidge members and students) and include a reserved seat for the film screening.