Starting Out in the Evening

Synopsis & Film Details

Starting Out in the Evening*

  • Sunday, April 20, 2008
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno [map]


Though he’s spent most of his career as a character actor in supporting roles, Frank Langella gives the lead performance of a lifetime in STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, based on the novel by Brian Morton. Flanked by Lili Taylor and Lauren Ambrose, Langella is the central piece in a film that focuses on its characters. The film begins with aging writer Leonard Schiller (Langella, SUPERMAN RETURNS), a man who feels as obsolete as the typewriter he is pounding away at. Though he has four novels to his credit, he has been working on his fifth for a decade. Enter Heather Wolfe (Ambrose, SIX FEET UNDER), a grad student who plans to write her thesis on Schiller’s work. She cajoles the reluctant man into helping her, and they begin a curious friendship.

Directed by Andrew Wagner

USA, 2007
111 minutes, PG-13

Part of the 4th Fresno Film Festival (2008).