Remaking “Carrie” in the Age of Social Media / Hyperallergic

Film still from Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie” (2013) (via

Film still from Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie” (2013) (via

CHICAGO — Boys don’t cry, and young girls fight back with their psychic powers in directorKimberly Peirce’s films. This past Saturday in Chicago, Peirce, the director of Boys Don’t Cry,Stop-Loss, and most notably the new remake of Carrie, took to the stage with WBEZ reporterAlison Cuddy at Francis W. Parker School to talk about the kids in her films. Peirce was invited to speak with Cuddy as part of this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, titled “Animal: What Makes Us Human?”

In the context of this overarching theme, Peirce and Cuddy’s conversation steered from the idea of Carrie’s humanness to the brute physicality of men and boys in both Boys Don’t Cryand Stop-Loss. The conversation between Peirce and Cuddy moved quickly, turning and swerving like the famed Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, where so many cinematic creations and celebrities live and die.

To kick things off, Cuddy posed a question that’s likely been on the mind of anyone who’s seen Peirce’s remake of Carrie: what drew Peirce to the character? The director answered simply that she was overwhelmed by our sympathy for her. Carrie, bullied and teased by others and abused by her mother, is left to fend for herself in the harsh reality that is her girlhood.

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