Directed by Susan Seidelman

Directed by Susan Seidelman

7 Episodes

In 1982, Susan Seidelman burst onto the scene when her debut feature, SMITHEREENS, became the first American independent film to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. A vividly gritty time capsule of downtown New York’s post-punk underground, the film caught the attention of Hollywood and led to her bigger-budget follow-up, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, a screwball romp through 1980s bohemian Manhattan starring Madonna. With subsequent works like the black-comic revenge fantasy SHE-DEVIL, starring Meryl Streep, and the Nora Ephron–scripted father-daughter mob caper COOKIE, Seidelman confirmed her flair for crafting offbeat comedies built around memorably messy, idiosyncratic women.

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Directed by Susan Seidelman
  • Susan Seidelman Introduction

    Episode 1

    Susan Seidelman discusses the evolution of her career.

  • And You Act Like One Too

    Episode 2

    Directed by Susan Seidelman • 1976 • United States

    This short was made by SMITHEREENS director Susan Seidelman when she was a film student at New York University in 1976.

  • Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern

    Episode 3

    Directed by Susan Seidelman • 1979 • United States

    This short was made by SMITHEREENS director Susan Seidelman when she was a film student at New York University in 1979.

  • Smithereens

    Episode 4

    Directed by Susan Seidelman • 1982 • United States

    Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of New York City with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman)...

  • Desperately Seeking Susan

    Episode 5

    Directed by Susan Seidelman • 1985 • United States
    Starring Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn

    If you know what to look for, you can find almost anything in the personal ads . . . including the love of your life! Rosanna Arquette is irresistible in her first starring role and pop star Madonn...

  • Cookie
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    Episode 6

    Cookie

    Episode 6

    Directed by Susan Seidelman • 1989 • United States
    Starring Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest, Emily Lloyd

    Emily Lloyd and Peter Falk star in this comedy about a teenage girl growing up in Brooklyn who manages to outsmart both the mob and the law while rebuilding her relationship with her father. When a ...

  • She-Devil

    Episode 7

    Directed by Susan Seidelman • 1989 • United States
    Starring Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr.

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned in this marvelously wicked black comedy. In her no-holds-barred first foray into comedy, Meryl Streep plays a glamorous romance novelist who, when she lur...