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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)

Please see full review at AWFJ.

My Darling Vivian is screening in the US, from June 19th, in virtual cinemas, which support local arthouses during the coronavirus lockdown. See the film’s official site to buy a digital ticket and watch online.

Click here for my ranking of this and 2020’s other new films.

green light 4 stars

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