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All in a Day's Work

From '9 to 5' and 'Frances Ha' to 'Kiki's Delivery Service' and 'Parasite', GOMA's latest free film season tackles the daily grind.
By Sarah Ward
May 18, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
May 18, 2021
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If you've ever tumbled outta bed, stumbled to the kitchen, then felt like you're pouring yourself a cup of ambition, you know exactly what Dolly Parton was singing about in her 1980 hit '9 to 5'. You clearly know the lyrics, too, as everyone should. The song accompanied a biting comedy about office life, which has rightly become one of the go-to movies on the topic — and the film is one of the flicks on the bill at the Gallery of Modern Art's new work-focused free cinema program.

Between Friday, May 21–Wednesday, June 30, All in a Day's Work will explore films about making a living. The lineup features an eclectic bunch of titles, reflecting the long list of different ways that we can all spend our days. Catching the 9 to 5 and Working Girl double on the program's opening night is highly recommended, as is revisiting Frances Ha's take on quarter-life malaise, delving into Sorry to Bother You's corporate savagery, getting spirited away by Kiki's Delivery Service and diving into Parasite's class clashes.

The selection of stellar movies about the daily grind keeps going from there, including classics such as 1948's Bicycle Thieves and 1960's The Apartment — and the Charlie Chaplin-starring Modern Times, too. Plus, if you haven't yet seen The Assistant, which takes place across one day inside the office of a hotshot filmmaking producer, that's on the bill as well.

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