Mystical series "Stranger Things" has become one of the most exciting premieres this summer - thanks in part to the comeback of Winona Ryder, who played the main role in it. As part of our new section "Starring", we recall how the fate of Winona Ryder evolved: how she burst onto the screen and then disappeared from the radar. And, of course, we recommend films with her participation, which are definitely worth watching.
“If you’re happy every day, you’re not a human being, but a TV game host,” - this is how risky video distribution hits invaded American cinema in the late 1980s. One of them - "Death Attraction" - was with Winona Ryder and became cult. A clever American schoolgirl, her boorish dominant girlfriends, a killer boy - this is how teenagers learned about high school bitches who keep the whole school in fear. But what did they learn there - at last they saw on the screen what they saw in their dining rooms and changing rooms every single day. Bowling for Columbine was still a long way off, but the situation had been maturing for decades.
It was the heroine of Winona Ryder who doubted the school procedures, and, having understood them, spared hundreds of high school students who did not understand anything from a quick death as a result of a terrorist attack. With this role, where Winona Ryder rebuffs the deadly charming Christian Slater, the actress's victorious march began in the hearts of her peers. It is impossible to imagine those who, in the late 80s and early 90s, did not want to be like her - to be fragile, awkward, desperate, daring, sophisticated and beautiful in the midst of an overly predictable world.
A little Audrey Hepburn, but not quite - in ripped jeans, a white T-shirt, a leather jacket and boots, with sad deer eyes - Winona Ryder has not disappeared from the radars of Western tabloids for ten years. Like any teenager who has achieved only 16 years old, she riveted attention to herself immediately: how did she do it? Where is she now? What does a girl who was thrown into the waves of fame almost a child really want? How long will it last? It should be said right away: Winona Ryder did not last long. The colossal surge after the debut in the film "Lucas" and "Beetlejuice" Tim Burton was followed by two dozen excellent roles and 12 years of filming, after which Winona Ryder lay low.
She is one of the few Hollywood stars who talks about the experience of treating depression, about how vulnerability helps her feel better about her characters, and, on the other hand, makes her more fragile and receptive in the most simple everyday situations. Good acting is sometimes about living at the limit, often life at the limit with the thrill of every new experience. But she does not complain and does not regret anything.
A little Audrey Hepburn, but not quite - in ripped jeans, a white T-shirt, a leather jacket and boots, with sad deer eyes
Parents tried to save Winona Ryder from the Californian influence of acting schools and the ubiquitous castings, but they could not - from childhood Winona was fascinated by amateur performances and loved to read and invent how book characters turn into real ones. Her parents - well-read intellectuals - were friends with writers and publishers: Timothy Leary became Winona's godfather, Philip Dick, Allen Ginsberg and Aldous Huxley dropped by to chat. The doors of perception opened, and the keys to them were lost - Winona began to study in the theater at a very young age and at the age of 14 she received her first film role. But neither the first, nor the second, nor the third film, which went with her name in the cinema, did not bring her the approval of her peers who surrounded her in life, and not on the screen.
Now Winona Ryder looks amazingly French, sophisticated and unearthly, while classmates simply shunned her or called her a gnome or a witch.At the time when the American teenage mainstream was captured by the heroines of John Hughes, Winona Ryder was very different from the mainstream in both type and habits. At the same time, she was imbued with Salinger and chose for her tests an excerpt from "Franny and Zooey" - one of the most poignant works about how an absurd and unpredictable experience of education of feelings is difficult to turn into any official statement. Salinger will become Winona's friend for many years. What are our girls made of? Not from flowers and gummies - that's for sure.
The outsider portrayal, however, fits perfectly with the spirit of the 90s: it is then that Tim Burton introduces the long-running gothic fashion and takes Winona Ryder in the lead role in "Edward Scissorhands." One of the most noticeable roles in her career will be the beginning of a beautiful youth romance - two brown-eyed, young, irresistible and simply created on top of each other on a separate planet Winona and Johnny. In the status of the main Hollywood princess, Winona will find herself on the set of Coppola for the role of Dracula's captivating love, and from there - to Scorsese in The Age of Innocence, in order to embody the very innocence of the title: a young and unsuspecting bride of the late 19th century, whose groom is completely carried away other.
Winona's most down-to-earth role and saddest role in the first half of the 90s was that of Leilana Pierce from Reality Bites. She decides to make a documentary about her environment, trying to sort out her relationship with the world. Sweet Francis and many other films about kids on the brink of growing up grew out of this pivotal tale of young bums in a big city and talking about it. "I was going to become someone when I was 23" is the leitmotif of not only this film or Generation X, to whom it is supposedly addressed, but also all 20-year-olds many years later, who are looking for what to spend their free time, the first money and mental strength to feel that it was not in vain that they came to this world. “Shoulders of a calf, hearts of a child” is about them, no matter how independent and decisive they may seem.
After his triumph in Little Women, Ryder plays in Alien 4: Resurrection as a powerful successor to Sigourney Weaver
After her triumph in Little Women and Alien 4: Resurrection, where Sigourney Weaver has a powerful and undoubted successor, Winona Ryder takes on a very personal and important project for her - Life, Interrupted, based on the bestselling autobiography about the fate of a young woman. girls in a psychiatric hospital in the 60s. The real story of Suzanne Keysen, who wanted to write, was in no hurry to get married and asked questions inappropriate for girls of that time about why spend her life on the usual joys of the majority - a personal and very difficult story about how little, deaf and hypocritical society discusses psychological problems. Fencing off, isolating, closing, stuffing with pills and shifting the blame for the misdeeds of adults onto the children. Life, Interrupted, starring and producing, was supposed to be a huge comeback for Ryder, who found her own voice, but instead gave an incredible start to another actress from the film - Angelina Jolie, who played the role of a tireless rebel, from whom the entire film cannot be taken away sight.
In real life, Ryder suffered at that moment: soon she would be detained with a senseless theft from a store in the amount of about 6 thousand dollars - hundreds of stores would queue up to give Winona whatever she wants. Kleptomania was one of the manifestations of the depressive disorder that Ryder suffered, along with blackouts and communication difficulties. The actress's condition was constantly deteriorating, and hundreds of speculative news about the trial and the imposed punishment only added fuel to the fire.Being afloat and getting sick is incompatible, and for many years Winona Ryder appeared in films in small roles: every time, be it Black Swan, Informants or an episode in Friends, it was unexpected and surprising to see her - she almost has not changed and completely filled any episode.
And finally, she again came to the fore. Her role as a desperate mother in the thundering TV series "Stranger Things" is taken to heart not only by how accurately she conveys the panic, confusion and hysteria of a person who has lost the most precious thing. The most interesting thing about this role is how Winona Ryder herself reacts to her comeback: in her big interview, there is neither the complacency of the triumphant, nor the intonation "I'll show you yet", nor a hint of the well-deserved success that the 90s superstar gets before our eyes. She is too smart and complex to demand attention - like her favorite character Franny, invented by Salinger.
5 more films with Winona Ryder, which are worth watching
A charming comedy about a dysfunctional family, in which Winona Ryder plays the eldest daughter of Cher and Christina Ricci (who was not yet ten at the time). The family film about a too strange single mother in Massachusetts in the early 60s resembles the very same video for "The Shoop Shoop Song", and although the main role here, of course, with Cher, Winona Ryder gets to play the eldest daughter, whom her mother's eccentricity drives to white heat and allows you to look at the world of teen dating and school friendships in a completely different way.
Large balls of fire
One of the best musical biopics, "Big Balls of Fire" perfectly recreates the fan hysteria of the late 50s and the scale that rock and roll was gaining among dancing youth: it was after the sweaty, active, intimate dancing of guys and girls that the sexual revolution and revision began gender stereotypes. Winona Ryder plays his young wife in the film about the legend of Jerry Lee Lewis - a common practice at the time, if you remember the early marriage of Elvis Presley and the tradition of grateful teenage groupies. With a poodle embroidered on her skirt, cute bangs and the naive look of an inexperienced girl (not counting the sounds from loud records), she plays a one hundred percent obsessed heroine, madly in love with a man whom she knew only on posters.
Celebrity is not the most famous movie in Woody Allen's filmography about the experience of divorce, which recalls the bloody breakup of Allen himself with Mia Farrow a few years earlier. The main characters - a divorced middle-aged husband and wife - survive in black and white Manhattan (as well as 20 years earlier that made Woody Allen famous), meeting actors, producers, directors, models and other celebrities, and try to find the meaning of life from these nervous and unnecessary connections … Winona Ryder plays Nola in Celebrity (also Woody Allen will later name the main character in Match Point) - an actress with whom the main character moved in, but who does not give him any hope for the continuation of the novel: she is narcissistic, neurotic and not I'm sure of nothing, and she smokes like a locomotive. Woody Allen was going to continue filming Winona Ryder, but he was afraid to take responsibility for her emotional stability.
Night on Earth
Jim Jarmusch's five-story film about taxi drivers and passengers in five cities is an optional but completely charming spectacle that captures the spirit of the auteur cinema of the 90s, the atmosphere of New York or Helsinki, and the stunning actors of the early 90s. Corky - a charming Los Angeles taxi driver played by Winona Ryder - gives a lift to the producer: at the "dream factory" every second passenger is connected with the cinema and endlessly arranges business on the phone. Her bossy and beautiful client in a white suit (Gina Rowlands) is looking for a suitable casting candidate, and Corky seems to be the one - but she has her own plans: to become a great mechanic and send Hollywood to hell. Typical Gen X gesture and role model for all girls who don't want to shoot for covers for years.
Winona Ryder was familiar with Philip Dick, based on the novel of whom the film by Richard Linklater was filmed, through her parents - a science fiction writer and the creator of impressive dystopias was a family friend. Richard Linklater makes a digital film about a double agent in the midst of a drug epidemic and transforms the result into an impressive sci-fi animation about addiction, personal boundaries and, of course, personal freedom and the police state. Winona Ryder plays a cocaine-addicted heroine in The Darkened, a link between agent and drug trafficking - elusive, risky and self-serving, she will remain a mystery to viewers after the credits.
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