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My Darling Vivian documentary review: from ardent lover to cold hard Cash (#SXSW2020)

My Darling Vivian green light

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Nascent celebrity culture and the myth of the artist’s muse are skewered by the tale of Johnny Cash’s first wife, Vivian Liberto, told by her daughters and a trove of vintage photos and love letters.

an AWFJ SXSW2020 project review
I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women; big Johnny Cash fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
women’s participation in this film
male director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
(learn more about this)

green light 4 stars

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My Darling Vivian (2020) | directed by Matt Riddlehoover
US/Can release: Jun 19 2020 (VOD)
UK/Ire release: Dec 08 2020 (VOD)

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: not rated

viewed at home on PR-supplied physical media or screening link

official site | IMDb | trailer
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