Film Recommendations – September 2020

September 2, 2020

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Not Rated | 1h 44min

This documentary recounts the remarkable life and work of the overlooked Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893–1987). A one-time renowned avant-garde artist in Chicago and pre-war Poland, Szukalski ended up leading a humble, mysterious existence in Burbank, California.

Where to Watch

Stream: Netflix

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Harry Benson: Shoot First

Not Rated | 1h 27min | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

Harry Benson: Shoot First follows the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.

Where to Watch

Stream: Hulu
Rent: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube
Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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Alice Neel

Not Rated | 1h 21min | 75% Rotten Tomatoes

Andrew Neel’s documentary about his grandmother, Alice Neel, who reinvented the genre of portraiture by capturing the inner psychological depths of her sitters. It explores her struggles as an artist and a single mother from the Depression-era until her death in 1984. The film includes interviews with her sons, Richard and Hartley Neel, the children of her deceased daughter, Isabetta, artists Marlene Dumas, Chuck Close and Alex Katz, art historians Rob Storr and Jeremy Lewison, and Neel’s surviving friends.

Where to Watch

Rent: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube
Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

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