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Ghost World

Promotional poster for Ghost World
Directed by Terry Zwigoff
Produced by Lianne Halfon
John Malkovich
Russell Smith
Written by Daniel Clowes (comic)
Terry Zwigoff (screenplay)
Starring Thora Birch
Scarlett Johansson
Steve Buscemi
Brad Renfro
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) June 16, 2001 (premiere)
Running time 111 min.
Language English
Budget $7,000,000
IMDb profile

Ghost World is a 2001 film by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, also titled Ghost World. It stars Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi. Although the film wasn't a box-office blockbuster, it was heavily praised by critics and established a strong cult following. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (680x1011, 66 KB) Summary Ghost World movie poster. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Daniel Gillespie Clowes (born April 14, 1961 in Chicago) is an American author, screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books, including Eightball and Lloyd Llewellyn. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ... Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Bradley Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 - May 22, 2007) was an American actor, born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised by his grandmother. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Daniel Gillespie Clowes (born April 14, 1961 in Chicago) is an American author, screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books, including Eightball and Lloyd Llewellyn. ... Book cover Ghost World is a set of comics stories by Daniel Clowes, usually presented as a graphic novel. ... Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ...


The story focuses on the life of two teenage friends, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), who are outside of the normal high school social order in an unnamed suburb, often assumed to be in or around Los Angeles, where much of the movie was shot. Look up plot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education, which is otherwise known as secondary education. ... Social order is a concept used in sociology, history and other social sciences. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...

Contents

Plot

The film begins with Enid, the main character dancing to an Indian dance video in her bedroom. It then cuts to shots of a graduating class, and a girl in a wheelchair making a speech. Enid and Rebecca (best friends, who are outcast by their class mates) appear to find the speech ironically humorous, noting that the girl went from being considered troublesome to being considered saintly by virtue of a car accident. Then the class throws off their graduation hats, and Enid and Rebecca wander off in the distance and give the finger to the school they've managed to survive through.

Enid and Seymour share a moment at Seymour's party

Later, Enid and Rebecca attend the graduation party, where they are annoyed by various students they don’t like, including Melora, who pops in and out of the narrative. While in a café, Enid and Rebecca decide to make a prank call to a lonely man named Seymour who has placed an ad in the personals section in the newspaper. They stand him up and pretend that they are the woman he became infatuated with. He shows up at the café, and Enid begins to feel sorry for the man. In the next few days, Enid and Rebecca follow up on Seymour and go to look at a garage sale, where Seymour is selling records. Enid purchases one 33 1/3 RPM jazz record from him. He wraps it in his own plastic bag, which delights her. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Long Playing (LP), either 10 or 12-inch diameter, 33 rpm (actually 33â…“) vinyl gramophone records, first introduced in 1948, were the primary release format for recorded music for about 30 years, from the late 1950s until CDs effectively replaced them in the late 1980s. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ...


During the next part of the film, Enid becomes infatuated with Seymour, as her relationship with Rebecca fades. However, she is not honest with Seymour. First, she sets out to arrange dates for him and eventually encourages him to develop a relationship with the woman he originally became infatuated with. However, that develops jealousy in Enid when the woman begins to end her friendship with Seymour. Then Enid, intentionally or not, sabotages the relationship by having a drunken one-night stand with him. In the meantime, Enid and Rebecca get in a heated fight, and the two, who originally wanted to rent an apartment together, reconsider; Rebecca decides to live on her own, while Enid tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Seymour soon learns of Enid's dishonesty, which goes so far as to him losing a good job with the corporate offices of a fast food company and even suffering an injury when he looks to confront Enid. However, their relationship is mended when Enid shows Seymour how much she actually cares for him as a friend when she shows him the art portfolio she made, with Seymour being prominently featured in it. In the end of the film, Enid and Rebecca half-heartedly speak of “calling each other” sometime. As time passes, Seymour has a therapy session with a psychiatrist to work out his issues. Enid travels on a bus — thought by Enid to be on a defunct bus line — and the bus drives off into the distance. The term date can refer to: A day according to a calendar; see calendar date. ... Look up one-night stand in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ...


Cast

  • Thora Birch as Enid, a very intelligent and artistic girl with a great sense of humor, but also with a myopic view of the world that limits her to achieve her full potential, she is often quite cynical and full of sarcasm as well.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca, Enid's best friend since childhood, a slightly more optimistic and in some ways more mature version of Enid. Despite this, Rebecca seems to inhabit some of Enid in herself (for example, the view of today's society, and her cynical behavior).
  • Steve Buscemi as Seymour, Enid’s partner in loneliness. A record collector, only Seymour can understand Enid’s trouble with individualizing herself while, at the same time, trying to find some happiness because he has had the same problem all of his life.
  • Brad Renfro as Josh, the unhappy convenience store clerk, whom Enid and Rebecca enjoy tormenting.
  • Illeana Douglas as Roberta Allsworth, Enid's art teacher
  • Bob Balaban as Enid's father
  • Stacey Travis as Dana
  • Teri Garr as Maxine
  • Dave Sheridan as Doug, an eccentric loiterer
  • David Cross as Gerrold, the Pushy Guy

Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Bradley Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 - May 22, 2007) was an American actor, born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised by his grandmother. ... Illeana Douglas (b. ... Bob Balaban (born Robert Elmer Balaban on August 16, 1945) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and director, best known for his collaborations with Christopher Guest. ... Stacey Travis is an American actress from Dallas, Texas, USA. She has starred in many films, including Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), Hardware (1990), The Super (1991), Traffic (2000), and Ghost World (2000). ... Teri Garr (born December 11, 1947 in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American actress and comedienne. ... Dave Sheridan was the underground cartoonist who is perhaps best-known for his character Dealer McDope. ... David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an Emmy-winning American actor, writer and comedian. ...

Reception and cult following

Ghost World was first released on June 16, 2001 at a premier at the Toronto Film Festival, to lower than average recognition by audiences, but admiration from critics. Following its premier in Toronto, Canada, Ghost World’s commercial success on its initial release went on to be extremely minimal – grossing less money used to make the film, and from small attention from audiences and box office recipients – however its critical reception was far greater than a certain degree of films released that year, sitting at a lofty eminent position on many critical lists, significantly praised in many reviews. The overall box office tally for Ghost World in 2001 was US$6,944,894, on its estimated $7,000,000 budget.[1][2] June 16 is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is generally considered to be one of the five top film festivals in the world. ... Motto: Diversity Our Strength Map of Ontario Counties, Toronto being red Area: 641 sq. ...


Notable film critic, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said "I wanted to hug the film [Ghost World]. It takes such a risky journey and never goes wrong. It creates specific, original, believable, lovable characters, and meanders with them through their inconsolable days, never losing its sense of humor. The Buscemi role is one he's been pointing toward during his entire career; it's like the flip side of his alcoholic barfly in Trees Lounge, (1996) who also becomes entangled with a younger girl, not so fortunately." He also listed on his "Top Ten of 2001" list.[3] Its current rating on Rotten Tomatoes – a website that recollects critical reviews for films from their original release dates, and divides "rotten" reviews as being the dismissive reviews, and fresh being the successful, commending reviews – certified that Ghost World had a 92/100 rating of fresh reviews and this proved to be so large in amount, it effected that of the commercial success, giving it a position as one of the most rented films from March of 2001 – December 2001, sitting at number 7 on its first release into Video stores. Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... Trees Lounge DVD cover Trees Lounge is a 1996 film written and directed by Steve Buscemi and produced by Brad Wyman. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The film had its DVD release to retailers in the US on February 5, 2002, and was one of the most popular sales in the DVD sales chart of 2002.[citation needed] The film is now widely observed and accepted as being a cult classic film. is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The critical and commercial success was summed up with the following nominations and wins for Ghost World, including a Golden Globe nomination for Thora Birch’s performance as Enid for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Trivia

  • The opening sequence of the film includes a clip from the 1966 Bollywood musical Gumnaam, in which the famous singer Mohammed Rafi sings the lively dance tune "Jaan Pehechaan Ho."
  • The Coon Chicken Inn was a real restaurant chain, founded in 1925 in Salt Lake City. However, it folded in the late '50s and never changed its name to Cook's Chicken, as in the film. The second Coon Chicken Inn opened in Seattle in 1929, on Lake City Way, the same street where the original Ghost World comic's publishing company, Fantagraphics Books, sits today. Located directly across the street from the former location of the restaurant is a "Cook's Auto Rebuild."
  • The Coon Chicken Inn mascot painting used in the film was made by Robert Crumb.
  • Besides being an adaptation of the comic book of the same name, originally serialized in Eightball magazine, Ghost World includes some material from other Eightball shorts such as "Art School Confidential". The character played by Steve Buscemi appears only as the victim of the girls' prank in the comic and was made significant at Zwigoff's suggestion. Another change includes Rebecca having a rather diminished role compared to her role in the comic, which gave a more balanced amount of attention to both girls.
  • Seymour's room was modeled after director Terry Zwigoff's own — particularly the shelved record collection, pinup art and historical memorabilia.
  • When Enid asks Seymour's opinion of a certain blues record, the audience can see that it is by Robert Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders, of which Zwigoff was a member. Seymour says that it isn't very good.
  • Enid's notebook was created for the film by Sophie Crumb, Robert Crumb's and Aline Kominsky-Crumb's daughter.
  • Interested in directing Ghost World as a feature film for some time, Zwigoff sat in on an acting class in San Francisco. Zwigoff said that after the class had wrapped up, he had approached the instructor and asked if she could hold a crash course for him in how to direct actors.
  • According to Zwigoff, Steve Buscemi was so uncomfortable playing Seymour that whenever he completed his work for that day, he would immediately change his attire.
  • Enid's cynicism toward conceptual art that's 'more serious and deals with issues' shows compatibility with the Stuckist art movement

1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. ... Gumnaam (Urdu for unknown or anonymous) is a 1965 Bollywood film directed by Raja Nawathe and starring Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Helen and Mehmood. ... Mohammed Rafi (Hindi: मोहम्मद रफ़ी, Urdu: محمد رفیع, December 24, 1924 – July 31, 1980) was an Indian playback singer. ... Coon Chicken Inn was a restaurant chain founded by Maxon Lester Graham in 1925, which prospered until the late 1950s. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, graphic novels, and the adult-oriented Eros Comix imprint. ... Coon Chicken Inn was a restaurant chain founded by Maxon Lester Graham in 1925, which prospered until the late 1950s. ... Robert Dennis Crumb, often credited simply as R. Crumb (born August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. ... Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... // The hobby of collecting consists of acquiring specific items based on a particular interest of the collector. ... Pin-up photo of Ingrid Bergman for the March 16, 1945 issue of the U.S. Army magazine, Yank. ... Robert Dennis Crumb, often credited simply as R. Crumb (born August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. ... Sophie Crumb (b. ... Aline Kominksy-Crumb is an underground comix artist most famous for her autobiographical stories of growing up in New York during the 1960s. ... Book cover Ghost World is a set of comics stories by Daniel Clowes, usually presented as a graphic novel. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs (1965) Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. ... Stuckism is a British Art Movement of the 1990s and 2000s, founded by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson. ...

Goofs

The following continuity errors occur during the film: In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ...

  • The broken sculpture gains and loses pieces at random.
  • The amount of liquor in the bottle on top of Doug's car increases and the bottle changes positions on the car several times.
  • When in the diner after Enid buys the record, its location shifts from the table down to the bench beside her between shots.
  • When Enid and Rebecca are laughing at Seymour's name, Rebecca puts her hand over her mouth. In the next shot she has her arms crossed.
  • While at Wowsville for the fist time, the girls' pizza appears and disappears between shots.

Alternate Versions

  • In the theatrical trailer, when Seymour is asked by Enid if he would go out with anyone, he says "As long as she's breathing". In the movie, he replies with a non-comedic answer.

Awards

Won

  • Chicago Film Critics Association —Best Supporting Actor–Steve Buscemi
  • Independent Spirit Award—Best First Screenplay–Terry Zwigoff, Daniel Clowes
  • Independent Spirit Award—Best Supporting Actor–Steve Buscemi
  • L.A. Film Critics Association—Best Screenplay–Terry Zwigoff, Daniel Clowes
  • New York Film Critics Circle—Best Supporting Actor–Steve Buscemi
  • Toronto Film Critics Association—Best Actress–Thora Birch
  • Toronto Film Critics Association—Best Screenplay [Runner-up]–Terry Zwigoff, Daniel Clowes
  • Toronto Film Critics Association—Best Supporting Actor [Runner-up]–Steve Buscemi
  • Toronto Film Critics Association—Best Supporting Actress–Scarlett Johansson

Nominated

  • 73rd Academy Awards—Best Adapted Screenplay–Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff
  • Golden Globe Awards—Best Actress - Musical or Comedy–Thora Birch
  • Golden Globe Awards—Best Supporting Actor–Steve Buscemi
  • American Film Institute—Best Screenplay–Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff
  • American Film Institute—Best Supporting Actor–Steve Buscemi
  • Independent Spirit Award—Best First Feature–Terry Zwigoff
  • Writers Guild of America—Best Adapted Screenplay–Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff

See also

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of movies based on comic books. ...

References

  1. ^ Box office/business for Ghost World
  2. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Ghost World BY ROGER EBERT

External links


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