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WestportREADS film series focuses on Julia Child, French cuisine

Westport's immersion into "My Life in France," selected as the book for this year's WestportREADS progra, includes a series films related to Julia Child and/or French cooking. Here's the schedule, including capsule descriptions provided by the Westport Library:

"Julie & Julia," Saturday, Jan. 11, 4-7 p.m., Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Nora Ephron's comedy about joy, obsession and butter stars tells the true story of how the life of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) inspired fledgling cookbook writer and frustrated office worker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days. (2009, 123 minutes). A discussion will follow. Tickets available at www.westportcinema.org and at the door.

"Julia Child! America's Favorite Chef," Jan. 14, 2-4 p.m., Westport Library McManus Room. The PBS "American Masters" episode celebrates the cook and traces her culinary development from a young wife who could barely boil an egg to master of French cuisine who authored a cookbook of classic French recipes that sold more than a million copies. The program includes selected episodes of Child's PBS series "The French Chef."

"The Train," Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m., Westport Library's McManus Room. Set in Paris in 1944, just a few years before Julia and Paul Child arrived there, the film is about the Nazi army's attempt to move French art treasures to Germany and effort of the French Resistance to stop it. Burt Lancaster stars in the John Frankenheimer film. (1964, 133 minutes).

"The Matisse I Knew/The Matisse Nobody Knew," Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m., Westport Library McManus Room. Filmed live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rosamond Bernier's lecture The Matisse I Knew/The Matisse Nobody Knew provides a personal glimpse into the world of art. Bernier co-founded the art magazine L'Oeil in Paris in 1955. During her 20 years in France, she became friendly with Matisse, Picasso, Miro and other modern masters of 20th-century art.

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