Betsy West and Julie Cohen on JULIA, Julia Child and Collaborating – Leslie Combemale interviews

There’s so much to recommend about Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s documentary Julia, about the history-making trailblazing cook Julia Child, that AWFJ selected it to be our Movie of the Week. What stands out beyond new footage, never-before-heard letters and never-before-seen photos is the sheer joy of the film. It really captures Julia’s love of life and food. I spoke to West and Cohen about their work as filmmakers, about Julia the film and Julia Child, the icon.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 12, 2021: JULIA

Documentarians Betsy West and Julie Cohen treat their subject, the inestimable Julia Child, with both respect and honesty, building a portrait of a woman who was as complex as the food she so adored. Ultimately, Julia is very much like one of Child’s beloved French recipes: a proven quantity that’s made with excellent ingredients, flavored with the right blend of spices, and assembled with care and enthusiasm. And the cooking footage will leave you drooling.

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JULIA – Review by Sherin Nicole

Icon is a difficult word to wear but Julia Child steps into it easily. She was the first celebrity chef on television, she made Americans more adventurous with our food, and she did it with whimsical charisma, technical skill, and an indomitable business sense. Julia gives us a window into her many facets, in large part narrated by the grande dame herself, but also through footage going back to her early 20s, and through the remembrances of family, friends, and her celebrity chef scions.

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JULIA – Review by Loren King

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, Julia combines crowd pleaser and feminist perspective. It celebrates Child’s accomplishments and outsized personality as she became an unlikely TV star at age 50 when her cooking show The French Chef debuted on Boston’s WGBH in 1963. Child’s low budget show was unedited, allowing for the ad libs and occasional gaffes that endeared her to viewers.

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JULIA – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

One probably should not watch this doc on an empty stomach, given how West and Cohen recreate Child’s famous dishes, including a delectable succulent chicken laid out like a centerfold that might just require an X rating, delicate filets of sole drenched in butter and a delicious example of beef bourguignon, whose aroma seems to virtually waft from the screen.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 4, 2018: RBG

motw logo 1-35Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, some might be clad in black robes and lace collars. That’s the inspiring takeaway from Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “RBG,” the story of iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The biodoc traces RBG’s life from childhood to the present, both humanizing her and showing why she’s so beloved by all who are passionate about women’s rights and gender equality.

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