Released in 1995 just one month before Clueless, Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s pitch perfect indie bop about a fabulously broke scene queen who finds her true calling in the New York Public Library may not have the same brand recognition as Amy Heckerling’s Jane-Austen-at-the-mall masterpiece, but in the ‘90s canon of surgically funny, fempowered comedies, it’s every bit as essential. Think of Party Girl’s Mary as Cher Horowitz’s deadpan East Coast cousin. This is young Parker at her most unabashedly Parker Posey—adorably caustic and comedically untamable, a wizard of screwball improvisation at 23.
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While Clueless inhabits a technicolored camp version of Beverly Hills, Party Girl channels the authentic verve of New York’s downtown scene straight from the source. A cameo by ballroom legend Natasha Twist, impeccable music (Deee-lite, Tom Tom Club, Run DMC, Chanelle) supervised by legendary DJ/producer Bill Coleman, characters and extras culled from the gay club circles of cowriter Harry Birckmayer and costume designer Michael Clancy, all make for a rare slice of subcultural realness. For Mayer, Party Girl is a film “that stars all the people that are side characters in other movies.” The gay best friend, the aspiring DJ, the immigrant street food vendor, the too-high, overdressed girl at the party—if Clueless gave depth to the in-crowd, Party Girl gave glamor to the fringes.
And, the clothes! Vintage Westwood, peak Todd Oldham, real Chanel, and a heavy dose of Gaultier, all ruefully mixed and matched by Clancy to mirror Posey’s chaotic genius. Mary’s look on the poster is film fashion history: three Commes Des Garcon tees stacked one on top of the other like an It Girl ice cream cone. Iconic is insufficient.
- Graham Cumberbatch
7:30 - doors
8:00 - Local short film "Birds" with director Katherine Propper
Following - PARTY GIRL - guest programmed by Graham Cumberbatch
(take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztJuuYFnD1k)
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