A film about Elsa Dorfman, a gifted portrait photographer, opens Aug. 4 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Continuing to show is “Maudie,” which explores the life of folk artist Maud Lewis.
Directed by Errol Morris, “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” examines the work of an analog photographer facing the digital age. The film is a loving portrait of a unique artist often overlooked in the consideration of 20th century photography.
“The B-Side” revels in the intimate beauty of Dorfman’s portraits and her singular appreciation for the ordinary aspects of human life. It shows through Aug. 10, is rated R for some graphic nude images and brief language.
Staring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, “Maudie” is based on Lewis’ life, including her unlikely romance with Everett Lewis, a hardened and reclusive bachelor.
Maud, a bright-eyed, intelligent woman, hampered with crippled hands from arthritis, years to be independent and live away from her overly-protective family. Through art, she escapes a solitary existence in her aunt’s home until, in her early 30s, she answers a want ad for a housekeeper.
Abandoned by his parents at a very young age, Everett grows to be a 40-year-old bachelor who owes nothing to anyone. Proud and self-sufficient, Everett owns and lives in a small house that has neither running water or electricity. He has everything he needs — except maybe a woman to clean the house and cook meals.
When Maud answers Everett’s ad, he is initially hesitant to hire the strange-looking, short and hunched over woman with gnarled up hands. He can’t imagine Maud can handle the work, but, after she refuses to leave, Everett relents and agrees to hire her.
Maud proves to be a terrible housekeeper and a great artist. Everett takes over the housework and supports Maud’s artistic career, allowing their relationship to deepen in ways the duo never imagined.
“Maudie,” which is rated PG 13, shows at the Ross through Aug. 10.
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