On The Avenue

Our Souls Meet Hollywood Royalty at MoMA

by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Paul Bruinooge/PMC
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The packed crowd at the Cinema Society’s premiere of Netflix’s Our Souls at Night at the MoMA last night was proof that audiences will always thrill to a great film, a chance at love at any age and, perhaps most importantly, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

Directed by Ritesh Barta (The Sense of an Ending), and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Fault in Our Stars and the upcoming Disaster Artist), Souls tells the story of the slow burn romance between two elderly neighbors. Jane Fonda at 79 looks better than most people 30 years younger (though don’t ask why—witness Megyn Kelly’s now-infamous interview), and Robert Redford, a craggy but still magnificent 81 year old, makes the idea of these two slipping under the sheets an emotionally and physically appealing idea. Redford and Fonda’s first film romance was in Barefoot in the Park, fifty years ago, but the chemistry is still strong.

After the film was over, the group moved up to celebrate at The Plaza’s Oak Room, opened for this event. There, revelers included industry execs, family and fawning fans (that would be me), including: Redford’s children, James and Shauna, Jane’s manager, Jason Weinberg, Blaine Trump and Steve Simon, Julie Taymor, Jeff Sharp (who will be screening his new film, Yellowbirds, next week at The Hamptons International Film Festival), Jamee and Peter Gregory, Pat Cleveland (remind me not to follow this model/diva on the step and repeat), Priscilla Rattazzi Whittle, Eleanora Kennedy, Hal Rubenstein, Brenda Vaccaro, Daniel Benedict and Sandra Brant.


Our Souls at Night opens Friday on Netflix and select theaters. See it with someone you love.



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