The Predictably Short Flight of Lady Bird

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The Predictably Short Flight of Lady Bird

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


couple of months ago, in an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, director and actor Greta Gerwig said that she used name tags on the sets of Lady Bird (2017). Gerwig, whose coming-of-age film was royally snubbed at the Oscars last night, admitted that the name tags were so that people could get to know each other and be friendlier.

In an industry that thrives on controlling the narrative, creating and managing reputations, and playing your cards close to your chest, the first-time director’s schoolgirl approach to bonding is oddly refreshing. Especially in a world that identifies strictness of method and rigidness of structure as a mark of quality. A film set is a mixture of many soups because it brings together egos, creative differences, and most crucially a subjective sense of aesthetic. It must then surely be indicative of an anomalistic simplicity that Greta Gerwig has come to embody.