Loving Highsmith

Loving Highsmith

Directed by Eva Vitija
(Switzerland/Germany, 2022, digital, in English, French, and German with English subtitles)

This fascinating documentary about Texas-born author Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) focuses on her quest for love and her troubled identity. Illustrating her distinctive voice are scenes from movies based on her novels, such as Carol and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as Strangers on a Train (screening at the MFAH this weekend).

Fort Worth relatives share insights about Highsmith’s early life, and actress Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) narrates diary excerpts for a candid, first-person perspective. Scholars, former lovers, and contemporaries contribute memories of the enigmatic and strong-willed writer who was forced to lead a double life, hiding her lesbian love affairs from her family and the public.

Visiting Guidelines Masks are recommended in Museum auditoriums. Advance tickets are also recommended. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening starts. No late entry.

Accessibility The MFAH strives to provide a welcoming and accessible experience for all guests by offering a range of accommodations—learn more here.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Community Partner: Murder by the Book

Loving Highsmith

Directed by Directed by Eva Vitija
(Switzerland/Germany, 2022, 83 minutes)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


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