Illeana Douglas discusses Connecticut in the Movies: From Dream Houses to Dark Suburbia

Author Illeana Douglas event details for Noveber 24 at 7pm

Illeana Douglas has long been known for shining new light on forgotten films. Now the celebrated actress and film historian turns her focus to a heretofore unrecognized brand: the Connecticut movie. Told from the passionate perspective of an author who grew up here, Illeana takes the reader on a cinematic road trip through Hollywood history and Connecticut geography, bringing the breezy, intimate, knowledgeable writing style acclaimed by reviewers of her first book, I Blame Dennis Hopper (2015). Illeana defines how the perception of on-screen Connecticut, originally created in Hollywood, has shifted more than that of any other New England state over the decades. Films from Hollywood's Golden Age, such as Theodora Goes Wild, Bringing Up Baby, and Christmas in Connecticut, presented Connecticut as an antidote to the metropolis--a place where you could find your true self. The slogan "Come to Peaceful Connecticut" not only led to Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, but to an exodus of urban moviegoers seeking their dream houses. Gentleman's Agreement, which highlighted social inequity, challenged Connecticut's well-cultivated image, as did the dark suburban malaise of The Swimmer and The Ice Storm. From Sherlock Holmes to Mystic Pizza to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, from horror in The Stepford Wives to historical in Amistad, the Constitution State has been at the heart of nearly two hundred feature films featuring a variety of genres. Illeana's insights provide some surprising conclusions about just what it means to be a "Connecticut movie." Filled with behind-the-scenes stories as well as her own personal snapshots of the places where these films were made, Connecticut in the Movies is not only a keepsake for denizens of the state, but a valuable resource for film buffs everywhere. (Lyons Press)



Event date: 
Friday, November 24, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Connecticut in the Movies: From Dream Houses to Dark Suburbia By Illeana Douglas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493075737
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lyons Press - October 3rd, 2023
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