A testament to the collaborative nature of art and show business, the career of beloved comic actor Lily Tomlin has long been intimately connected to that of her partner Jane Wagner. This dual retrospective considers their projects together across a variety of formats, in which writer and sometimes director Wagner’s sharp-eyed observations and deftly drawn characters are animated through Tomlin’s tremendous versatility on-screen. Two Free Women highlights a diverse selection of their films, including the classic one-woman opus The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, in which Tomlin shape-shifts between a dozen different personas; Tomlin’s dazzling performances in such movies as Nashville and 9 to 5; as well as a bevy of rarities, including the touching, Wagner-penned childhood drama J.T. The scope of their work suggests the breadth of a lasting and fruitful partnership that reshaped the art of American comedy and expanded its feminist imagination.
Organized by Thomas Beard and Hilton Als.
Q&A with Lily Tomlin and Jane WagnerLily Tomlin embodies a dozen characters in all their glorious idiosyncrasies in this 1991 film adaptation of Wagner and Tomlin’s hugely popular 1985 play, a tale of the elaborate interconnectedness that holds together our peculiar, captivating species.
Introduction by Joan ChurchillFor years nearly impossible to see, this documentary follows Tomlin and her team through the many months of preparing and workshopping The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe before its Broadway debut.
Introduction by Lily Tomlin · New 4K RestorationTomlin was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her nuanced, emotionally moving part in her first movie, Altman’s masterful, panoramic look at the Tennessee capital in the run-up to a presidential primary.
Free and open to the public!As part of Film at Lincoln Center's survey, Tomlin and Wagner have handpicked an expansive selection of their works for television, which will be on view in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater throughout the course of the series and free to the public.
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