Kingsfield Wears Prada
Maureen Dowd’s column today is about Anna Wintour, the legendary –and legendarily difficult –editor of Vogue who was reportedly the model for Meryl Streep’s character Miranda Priestly in the (very funny) movie The Devil Wears Prada.
But I have a different theory. I think something in Meryl Streep’s characterization was based on Professor Kingsfield, the legendary contracts professor from the Paper Chase–the fictionalized account of life for first year law students at Harvard Law School.
Here are two scenes. Miranda’s brutal take-down of Andie, the new graduate of Northwestern University who finds herself unexpectedly working for a fashion magazine, and Kingsfield’s brutal take-down of Hart, the new graduate of the University of Minnesota who unexpectedly finds himself caught off-guard in the first day of class.