BOSTON - If you make a movie adaptation of Little Women, written by author Louisa May Alcott, then you will likely pay a visit to Massachusetts, Alcott's home state where she penned the iconic novel. That's what director and writer Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Frances Ha) did, presumably before penning her screenplay, as well as last week while making the promotional rounds for the 2019 edition of Little Women slated for release on December 25.
Part of the tour included a visit to Alcott's Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts to celebrate the continued relevance and impact that Little Women has had on American culture. Gerwig was accompanied by producer Amy Pascal and cast members Saoirse Ronan (Jo), Timothee Chalamet (Laurie), Eliza Scanlen (Beth) and Laura Dern (Marmee), per the Boston Globe.
In addition to the Concord press junket, the cast also paid a visit to The Wing in Boston recently where they were joined by Florence Pugh (Amy). During the panel to promote the movie, Gerwig remarked that she was upset that Little Women is treated as "less than" in the canon of literature, compared to male-driven stories like Moby Dick and The Great Gatsby. She added, "They don’t consider them worthy enough to read, and it’s part of our American literary tradition."
Little Women was recently honored with two nominations at the Golden Globes, one for Best Original Score by Alexandre Desplat and for Best Actress in a Drama by Saoirse Ronan. It was one of the lone bright spots for films connected to Massachusetts at the nominations ceremony held yesterday.
Knives Out, which also filmed in Massachusetts, was also a bright spot as it was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy. Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas, who star in the movie, also received acting nominations for their performances, but Massachusetts native Chris Evans did not. Other New England natives, like Matt Damon (Ford v. Ferrari), Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems), and Mindy Kaling (Late Night) were also shut out. Though, Emma Thompson did receive a nomination for her role in Late Night.
If you enjoy movies filmed in Boston, then Little Women and Knives Out are films to root for!
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