Synopsis / Plot:
An equal rights crusader, journalist, and activist: Gloria Steinem embodies these and more. From her role in the revolutionary women’s rights movement to her travels throughout the U.S. and around the world, Steinem has made an everlasting mark on modern history. A nontraditional chronicle of a trailblazing life.
- “A timely yet rousingly conventional look at the legendary feminist leader (…) the traditional approach taken by Taymor works fine ”
Owen Gleiberman: Variety
- “A creative, rich biopic that doesn’t give a hoot about convention (…) Vikander’s performance is arguably the meatiest”
Kate Erbland: IndieWire
- “Threaded throughout with stylistic extravagances that can feel intrusive, the film is most exciting when its dramatic scenes are intercut with archival footage”
David Rooney: The Hollywood Reporter
- “[It] is ultimately a triumphant and insightful story about how a young girl became a feminist.”
Adam Chitwood: Collider
- “As it stands, the film gets the job done. Gloria Steinem deserves to be discussed and admired.”
Dan Mecca: The Film Stage
Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler, Janelle Monáe, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Timothy Hutton, Angela Relucio, Olivia Jordan, Olivia Olson, Deetta West, Lorraine Toussaint, Kimberly Norris Guerrero, Victor Slezak, David Shae, Charles Green, Enid Graham, Leah Renee-K, Annika Pampel, Allie McCulloch, Jay Huguley, Kelley Davis, Mo Brings Plenty, Joan McMurtrey, Lynne Ashe, Kimiko Gelman, Bethany DeZelle, Michael Lowry
Bette Midler’s “The Tale of the Mandarin Duck: A Modern Fable” Will Be Released on February 16, 2021
The Co-Writer Is Michiko Kakutani, a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic and the former chief book critic of The New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Truth. The gorgeous illustrations are by Joana Avillez. Her clients include Apartamento, Gucci, Hermès, the Museum of Modern Art, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Penguin Random House, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Vogue, Zeit Magazine, and more.
Inspired by the real-life rainbow-colored Mandarin Duck who appeared in New York’s Central Park in 2018, this modern fable by Bette Midler celebrates the connections people make with each other and the world around them.
How do you get people to appreciate what is right in front of them? In The Tale of the Mandarin Duck, it takes a mysterious, beautiful duck and a clear-eyed kid to point out the obvious! Bette Midler’s distinctive voice joins striking photos of the real duck by Michiko Kakutani and charming black-and-white drawings by Joana Avillez. This book will have readers of all ages coming back to visit the fantastical interpretation of New York City and its odd ducks—both feathered and human.
An afterword by Ms. Kakutani adds details to the facts behind this one-of-a-kind story of the Mandarin Duck.