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Staff RecommendationsKanopy

Female Directors from Matt

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All of these titles and more are available Kanopy

The Fits – A slow-building, indie film about a tween girl finding her way socially and emotionally. Uses a supernatural plot device to express the potential horrors of coming-of-age.

Wendy and Lucy – A quiet movie about the everyday hardships one can experience when you are traveling with so little. A great performance by Michelle Williams that helped establish her as a leading lady.

Leave No Trace – A look at how doing the “right thing” and living “normally” may not always be correct for everyone. How our societal expectations can affect those with trauma. At the heart of this though is a story of family in all of its capabilities for heartbreak.

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Criterion Movies from Matt

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The 400 Blows – One of the best early French New Wave films and a great look at troubled youths. Truffaut uses careful and thoughtful direction to show minor events and how they can shape Antoine’s life.

Seven Samurai – My pick for the greatest film ever made by the greatest film director who ever lived. Everything about this epic film is masterful from the nuanced and well developed characters to the superbly acted performances of the cast. The ingenuity of the action scenes and frantic pace hold up even by today’s standards.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – A beautiful French musical where every line of the movie is sung. Demy’s movies are wonderfully saturated in color and Deneuve is so beautiful in this movie that your heart will break right along with Guy’s.

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Movie Recs from Scotty

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Find Merchant Ivory titles and more available through Kanopy

Merchant Ivory Productions

Scotty says: “Merchant Ivory Productions was known for films with a certain look and feel: sumptuous, moody dramas, set mostly in India and England. Kanopy, Warren County Public Library’s new on-demand streaming video platform, offers no less than seven Merchant Ivory films, including one of my favorites, Howards End. Emma Thompson won an Oscar for her performance in that film.”

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