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Film Recommendations – July 2020

Scrolling through Netflix, Prime, and Hulu can be an endless rabbit hole. This month’s film selection celebrates the lives and careers of three women artists.

Miss Hokusai

PG-13| 1h 33min | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

O-Ei is a talented artist who works with her father, Tetsuzo, later known as Hokusai, on the woodblock prints that would make Edo famous worldwide. This film is beautiful. Any fan of Hokusai or his famous The Great Wave print will enjoy this story and appreciate the scenes taken from his other prints.

Where to Watch

Stream: Netflix | Rent: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Jack LevineKeiji ShinoharaChuck Close, and William T. Wiley

The Fabulous Life of Élisabeth Vigée LeBrun

PG-13 | 1h 35min

A docudrama that offers an excellent analysis of renowned painter and free-thinker, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. Learn more about this fascinating artist from her early life to earning coveted royal commissions to paint many European royal elites including Marie Antoinette.

Where to Watch

Stream: Amazon Prime | Rent: Amazon

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Clara Weaver ParrishJohn Singer Sargent, and Mary Cassatt

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann

Not Rated | 1hr 20min

This documentary offers a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist, photographer Sally Mann. Spanning five years and filmed at her Virginia farm, Mann reveals her artistic process and allows the viewer to gain entrance into her world as she reflects her personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art.

Where to Watch

Stream: Amazon Prime | Rent: Amazon, Vudu

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Eudora WeltyCaroline DavisPinky/MM Bass, and Nancy Marshall