“An invaluable look at the efforts of a great artist to instill in a new generation of people driven to perform the truth that acting is the art of being human.” – The Austin Chronicle

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Wednesday 21 October, 19:30h, Rialto Amsterdam


Ron Nyswaner
US | 2015 | 74 min
Dutch premiere

Veteran Broadway character actor, and Tony Award winner, MARY LOUISE WILSON, age 79, teaches her first acting class to a group of young inspiring actors, smashing their red carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty to their acting.

Wilson’s class takes place in New Orleans, where she was raised in the 1940’s. She reconnects with her competitive sister, and examines the scars of a painful childhood, a short-lived marriage, alcoholism, and her reinvention, at age 60, as playwright and star with ‘Grey Gardens’, her acclaimed one-woman show about fashion icon Diana Vreeland.

Next to Mary Louise Wilson’s sincere retelling of her career, SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT features interviews with other great stage and film actors such as Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons and with playwright Doug Wright, discussing what it means to be a character actor, whether acting can be taught, what constitutes ‘talent,’ and whether the profession is harder for women. What begins as a study of a profession turns into an examination of the actor’s craft and the sacrifices demanded by a lifelong career. A meditation on loss, grief, growing older, and the meaning of “stardom.”

SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT is the first feature documentary directed by Oscar-nominated writer/producer Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil).

Grand Jury Award Nominee at SXSW Festival 2015 and Best Documentary Feature at the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2015.

“Here’s a documentary about life up on the wicked stage from a completely different point of view.” – Vanity Fair

“She’s the Best Thing In It gets you thinking deeply about the craft of acting, particularly the emotional reservoirs that must be tapped for a performance to soar.” – The Dallas Morning News

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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