Suburban Dystopia: Fifty Years of Fairfield County in Film

November 12th, 2017

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday Film Festival:  Four iconic films The Swimmer,  Stepford Wives, Ice Storm & Revolutionary Road.

November 12, January 28, February 11, March 11 


 sub·urb :ˈsəbərb; noun.

an outlying district of a city, especially a residential one.

synonyms: residential area, bedroom community, commuter shed, commuter belt, exurb; suburbia, the burbs Wikipedia

See also: infidelity, domestic and substance abuse, quiet desperation and emotional, economic and social bankruptcy.

Dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Translated as “not-good place”, an antonym of utopia. Oxford and Mirriam Webster Dictionaries

 

 

The Swimmer (1968)

Based on the 1964 short story “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, starring Burt Lancaster with Janet Landgard and Janice Rule. It was filmed largely on location in Westport, Connecticut, hometown of director Frank Perry. Reviewer Harry Knowles commented “This is also Burt Lancaster’s journey to … The Twilight Zone …  Spectacular film!”

Q and A after the film, $10 donation, Call 203-222-1424 to reserve.

Hosts and Presenters

 

Richard Deej Webb, curator and producer is an author, educator, historian and documentary filmmaker. A featured presenter in the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Prohibition documentary Connecticut Goes Dry, he is also creator and producer along with Robert Williams of Boats Against The Current, the  F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald documentary, and is author of The Honeymoon of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, both coming out in 2018. He has been a resident of Fairfield and Westport since 1967.

 

Will Fulton Will has lived most of his life in Fairfield County, exploring the terrain and the nuances of the many varied communities in this suburban paradise.  Hooked on movies at an early age – particularly those concerning suburbia – he fondly remembers watching these films on one of the 7 channels available in the pre-cable days of the ’70s and ’80s. He is excited to share and discuss this unique slice of life with Fairfield County “colleagues” who may not have experienced it firsthand!

 

Robert Steven Williams His debut novel, My Year as a Clown received the silver medal for popular fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013 and reached number one on three Amazon charts. A runner-up in the 2014 Great American Fiction contest sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post and a finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, his short fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine, The Orange Coast Review, and Weston Magazine. Robert’s company, Against the Grain Productions produces videos primarily for not-for-profits including the Paul Newman charity Safe Water Network and Land is Life. Robert is currently making a film with Deej Webb about F. Scott Fitzgerald featuring Sam Waterston.

 

Joining us for the last three films will be Dan Woog. Dan is a writer and blogger, with a special focus on the wonders of Fairfield County. His parents moved to Westport in 1956. They lived on the same street as his father’s college friend: Rod Serling. Dan is also the boys varsity soccer coach at Staples High School. Dan will be joining us for the last three films.

 

UPCOMING FILMS INCLUDE:

Sunday January 28, 4-6 pm

The Stepford Wives (1975)

Filmed primarily in Darien, Westport, and Fairfield the premise involves the married men of the fictional town of Stepford, Connecticut and their beautiful, mindless and submissive wives, in 2007 Levin said that he based the town of Stepford on Wilton, Connecticut, where he had lived.

It was nominated in 1975 Best Science Fiction film by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror films and Katherine Ross as Best Actress.

Sunday February 11, 4-6 pm

The Ice Storm (1997)

Is based on the 1994 novel by Rick Moody it is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee.

Set during Thanksgiving 1973, The Ice Storm is about two dysfunctional New Canaan, Connecticut upper-class families who are trying to deal with tumultuous social changes of the early 1970s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan, and Sigourney Weaver.

Sunday March 11, 4-6 pm

Revolutionary Road (2008)

is based on the 1961 novel by Richard Yates. A finalist for the National Book Award Kurt Vonnegut called it “The Great Gatsby of my time… one of the best books by a member of my generation.”

DiCaprio and Kate Winslet earned Golden Globe Awards as Frank and April Wheeler. All of the Wheeler home interiors were shot in a house in Darien Connecticut. Rex Reed of The New York Observer called the film “a flawless, moment-to-moment autopsy of a marriage on the rocks and an indictment of the American Dream gone sour”.