“Just these, I don’t want the others.” “Come on man I carried these all the way here.” “There’s people waiting.” “You don’t have to be so disrespectful, you’ve actually carried my books here.” “And you are?” “Lee Israel.” “We have copies of your latest work right over there (on the 75% off table).” ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ is based on the true story of bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who made her living in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s writing profiles of high-achieving women such as Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, cosmetics executive Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.
“Nobody is gonna pay for the writer Lee Israel right now.” “I’m months behind in my rent and my cat is sick.” “My suggestion to you is go out there and you find another way to make a living.”
“I recently found this signed delightful letter.” “One of my favorites, I could give you $75, I could give more for better content, it’s a bit bland.” “I can definitely give a lot more for this one. The P.S. makes it priceless.” When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
“Quite by accident I find myself in a rather criminal position.” “What criminal activity could you possibly be involved in?” “I’m embellishing literary letters of prominent writers.” Israel begins selling letters that she has forged that appear to have been written by deceased writers, playwrights and actors. When a letter that Israel says was written by Noel Coward raises suspicion, people stop buying letters from her.
“Ms. Israel I have a couple of questions regarding the last letter I purchased.” “What seems to be the problem?” “People are on alert your name has been put on a list.” “On a list?” “You’re impersonating other people, nobody’s buying Lee Israel letters.” She and Jack begin stealing actual letters from library archives and selling them.
Her greatest work will be her greatest crime. “You’re probably looking at some time behind bars.” “What? I can’t say that I regret any of my actions in many ways this has been the best time of my life.” Directed by Marielle Heller and written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, based on Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name ‘Can You Forgive Me’ with a cast that includes Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Julie Ann Emery, Joanna Adler and Jane Curtin has a theater release date of October 19, 2018.
This looks fascinating. What do you think?
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