Dir. Steven Shainberg (2002); USA, 107m
Starring: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
Programmed by: Amelia Eichler
FRIDAY, November 29th AT 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, November 30th AT 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, December 1st AT 3:00pm
Steven Shainberg’s film Secretary is everything that Fifty Shades of Grey tried to emulate, couldn’t The ever-charming Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a shy young woman named Lee Hollaway who is looking to improve her life after experiencing mental health issues. She finds a job as a secretary to the very demanding E. Edward Grey, played by everyone’s favorite brat pack bad boy James Spader. The two embark on a BDSM relationship, which fosters a personal and sexual growth for Lee. Shainberg attempted to create a positive portrayal of BDSM relationships. Using set design he portrays Grey’s office as a natural space that isn’t reflective of the outside world, which is full of manufactured colors. The film has a lot of touching moments that are executed with ease thanks to the wonderful cast and insightful direction.