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Working Girl


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Introduced by Sam Kashner and Ash Carter, authors of Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends

Dir. Mike Nichols. 1988, 113 mins. 35mm.With Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Philip Bosco, and Olympia Dukakis. Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith in her breakout performance) is a wise-cracking Wall Street secretary from Staten Island determined to climb her way to the top in this Reagan-era update of a classic Horatio Alger scenario. As McGill’s love interest and adversary, respectively, Ford and Weaver bring shades of nuance to familiar types, while Mike Nichols directs with the economy of a comedic master, working enough sleight-of-hand variations into the plot to keep the viewer guessing, and perfecting a style of uncompromised adult storytelling that scarcely exists in today’s Hollywood.

After the screening, join the authors for a signing of Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free or discounted for Museum members. Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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Sam Kashner is an editor-at-large at Air Mail and was for many years a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. He is the author of Sinatraland (a “notable book” of both the Washington Post and the L.A. Times) and the acclaimed memoir When I Was Cool: My Life At the Jack Kerouac School and coauthor of the recent New York Times bestsellers The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee and Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. 

Ash Carter is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Esquire, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and the New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.