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7 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2023

Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus

135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203
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(United States, 1997, 112 minutes, color, Rated R) Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci and Sigourney Weaver.

Set in suburban Connecticut in 1973, this acclaimed adaptation of Rick Moody’s novel tells the story of middle class families who experiment with casual sex and substance abuse, and find their lives spiraling out of control. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or and Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.


Join author Rick Moody and screenwriter James Schamus for a conversation about the film’s 25th anniversary at the 3rd Annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 1.


"The Ice Storm"


Praise for "The Ice Storm"

Film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film "Two Thumbs Up", with Ebert calling it Lee's best work yet, and Siskel calling it his favorite film of 1997. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 86% based on 70 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's consensus reads: "Director Ang Lee revisits the ennui-laden decadence of 1970s suburban America with deft humor and gripping pathos."

Andrew Johnston, writing in Time Out New York, stated: "The 1970s have long been written off as a goofy embarrassment to our country, quite possibly because the actual details of the decade are too painful to us to remember, no matter how old or young we were at the time. Ang Lee's film of Rick Moody's novel cuts through the kitsch to explore the emotional black hole at the heart of the period, the result being an utterly devastating and truly adult drama of the first order."

Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote "Beautifully acted as it is, The Ice Storm still elects to keep its characters and their emotions at a distance. They remain as hidden from the viewer as they are from one another, which is an essential part of the film's disturbing power. Lee daringly chooses to keep his story's motivational mysteries unexplained, leaving this richly observed film open to the viewer's assessments."

She added Schamus "shows particular empathy for the women" and that the film "elicits mournfully fine performances from actresses coming to terms with the film's shaky era. Ms. Weaver shows both hard glamour and desperation in a brittle, striking role. Ms. Allen, especially poignant and graceful, conveys the sad dignity of a woman who can't help being well behind her changing times. And the talented Ms. Ricci makes Wendy a touchingly real malcontent and a ticking time bomb. This story's legacy rests with her."

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