LEE (TIFF 2023) – Review by Rachel West

Once an artist’s muse, Lee Miller revolutionized the way the world looked at wartime photography. Now, first-time director Ellen Kuras is telling her story in the compelling portrait, Lee, featuring another awards-worthy performance by Kate Winslet. Lee sets out to tell a straightforward story of Miller’s life and it does it quite well. Kuras makes sure that Miller’s story is front and centre at all times. It is her journey we are meant to follow as viewers are guided through her photographs, including her infamous portrait in Hitler’s bathtub.

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TRAINED TO SEE: THREE WOMEN AND THE WAR – Review by Nadine Whitney

Some of the most poignant images and reporting from the frontlines of war come from women war correspondents. Women created some of iconic photographs from WWII; from the triumphantly patriotic to the weary angst of soldiers dying in leagues on the front lines, to the sorrowful and horrifying pictures of concentration camps and the victims of the Holocaust. Swiss director Luzia Schmid concentrates on three remarkable women — Lee Miller, Martha Gellhorn, and Margaret Bourke-White — who battled not only sexist bureaucracy and the notion that women were too feeble to be allowed access to battles (unless as nurses) to create some of the most important reporting and visual records of the period. Trained to See is a brilliant visual and narrated document that brings the perspective of ground-breaking professional woman to the fore.

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Luzia Schmid on TRAINED TO SEE, Women Photographers and War – Nadine Whitney interviews

Luzia Schmid is a seasoned reporter, director, documentarian, and teacher based in Switzerland. Her previous work includes Lost in Libera and Groundspeed. Schmid’s Trained to See: Three Women and the War is a brilliant and timely documentary focusing on Lee Miller, Martha Gellhorn, and Margaret Bourke-White, three trailblazing women photojournalists whose reporting from the front lines of WWII created a new form of war journalism.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Respect for Maureen O’Hara, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Gavron, Daniel Craig and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

RIP Maureen O’Hara. Sandra Bullock seconds Hollywood’s spanking for sexism and ageism. Suffragette director Sarah Gavron talks role models. Kate Winslett to star in Lee Miller biopic. Sylvia Robinson, known as the “Mother of Hip-Hop,” will be the subject of a biopic. And Daniel Craig bonds with Monica Bellucci, his equal in age. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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