TimesTalks hosted a sold-out advance screening of the much-anticipated film “Little Women,” followed by a lively conversation with screenwriter-director Greta Gerwig and stars Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Saiorse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen.
Moderated by New York Times culture reporter Melena Ryzik, they discussed the making of the film, including Gerwig’s research into “Little Women” author Louisa May Alcott’s history and background, the casting process, and the film’s period costumes and hair choices. Gerwig also spoke about the necessity of telling the story of “Little Women” now and how it relates to modern-day. Gerwig and the cast also spoke about their strong relationships with each other and the excitement of sharing the film with viewers.
TimesTalks ft. Greta Gerwig, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Saiorse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen:
“It felt so modern and pressing and fresh. And like there were all of these lines that were written in neon, they felt so alive. I had an idea of how I wanted to do it and how I wanted to structure it. And then I started researching Louisa May Alcott as a person, and that’s when I realized that that was the person I had always been in love with. She was my hero all that time.”
— Greta Gerwig on what inspired her to make “Little Women”
“In every way it was such an honor. To play Jo March is like the epitome. It’s so fantastic for an actor to get the opportunity to do that. But getting to do it with Greta, for me it was just a chance for us to have fun and to try different things, and to really push it when it came to what I was doing even more than what we had even done on ‘Lady Bird.’ I was ready for it and I was excited by it because it was with [Greta].”
— Saiorse Ronan on playing the role of Jo March
“It’s so nice to see in this movie young people—girls, boys—being young. And we don’t really see that anymore, and Greta really got at the heart of that. I think that earnestness, that sincerity, I think it breaks through all the cynicism of all this self serious [stuff] we see all the time.”
— Timothée Chalamet on the importance of making “Little Women”
“Just like all iconic and great literature, we continue to investigate what was given to us. We do it with Shakespeare over and over again. And yes, we’ve had seven versions, but there is revolution everywhere you look in this movie. There is a film about what it means to be an artist. There’s a film about identity. There’s a film about choices. There’s a film about women and money.”
— Laura Dern on the meaning of “Little Women”
The full talk is featured below!
Announcements about future TimesTalks can be found on TimesTalks.com, and viewers can watch past conversations here. Recent instalments of ScreenTimes include “Queen & Slim” followed by a conversation with Lena Waithe; “Harriet” followed by a conversation with Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr.; “Judy” followed by a conversation with Renée Zellweger; and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” followed by a conversation with Richard Linklater.
Upcoming TimesTalks include an advance screening of “Just Mercy,” followed by a conversation with stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx and the film’s real-life inspiration Bryan Stevenson on December 16.