If you’d like to get away from the ambiguous discussion surrounding iconic music genius Nina Simone and to know more about her, then make sure to watch What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix, the latest work by talented director Liz Garbus. A candid portrayal of Simone’s personal life, her fight to gain reputation with her music and her career, the documentary sheds light on the true face of Simone.
One of the classic movies about the drag queen culture, Paris is Burning is a frank commentary on the struggle of Afro-American, Latin, gay and transsexual communities in the ‘80s New York. Having received the Grand Jury Prize at 1991 Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at 1991 Berlin Film Festival, Jennie Livingston’s memorable documentary is featured on Netflix.
Director and photographer Francesco Carrozzini premiered his documentary Franca: Chaos and Creation at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The documentary portrays the extraordinary career and personal life of Franca Sozzani, Carrozzini’s mother who was the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988. The first thing Sozzani asked Carrozzini when she learned about this documentary was “Who’s going to play me?” Because it’d be impossible to think that the iconic editor-in-chief’s revolutionary perspective and elegance played by someone else other than her. The masterful and candid biopic Franca: Chaos and Creation, which took six years to make, portrays Franca, who was known as a mysterious fashion icon, as a woman and a mother who stands out with her courage and sense of humor.
Focusing on the late-earned fame of minimalist painter Carmen Herrera, who celebrated her 100th birthday last year, the 100 Years Show is among the must-watch documentaries on Netflix. Diligently working on her abstract and geometric works for over 50 years in her New York Studio without losing faith in her art, Herrera’s story is an inspiring one as to how she earned her reputation at a late age, and came to be welcomed at some of the world’s most prestigious museums including Whitney and Tate Modern.
If acting is not pretending but truly living that role, then its finest example would be Jim Carey’s reinvention of iconic comedian Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon in 1999. In addition to the movie’s influence, Jim and Andy makes for an entirely interesting story with Carrey’s performance that continues even behind the scenes. The striking Netflix documentary is a compilation of behind-the-scenes recordings of 100 hours (including Carrey’s portrayal of both Kaufman and his alter ego Tony Clifton) and Carrey’s interviews in which he talks about his own experience.