Meryl in March as TCAN Spotlight Series Continues

The TCAN Spotlight Series continues in March with a collection of films featuring Meryl Streep, considered by many critics as the greatest living actress. Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, with three Oscar wins to her credit. The five films represent a variety that highlights the range of this amazing actress, presented on the big screen as the films were intended to be seen.

Out of Africa (1985) – Receiving seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Out of Africa is one of the great epic romances ever filmed. Based on the life of Danish author Karen Blixen-Finecke, the film follows her journey to Africa to join her husband, Bror. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys (Robert Redford), but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The movie features the stunning cinematic landscape of Africa, with Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Sydney Pollack.

Postcards from the Edge (1990) – The semi-autobiographical novel by actress Carrie Fisher is the basis for this comedy-drama, with Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performances by Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) is on a slippery slope as a recovering addict. On exit from rehab, it is recommended she stay with her mother Doris (Shirley MacLaine), who has become a somewhat champion drinker herself. Suzanne therefore struggles to maintain her sobriety and her sanity in the company of Doris.

The River Wild (1994) – This suspense-filled adventure-thriller is a departure for Meryl Streep as a female action hero. Gail Hartman (Meryl Streep) gets physical as a former Montana river guide who wants to take her family back home for a whitewater rafting expedition. Performing many of her own stunts on the film, Gail and husband Tom Hartman (David Strathairn) encounter two violent criminals (Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly) who threaten the lives of her family. Breathtaking action sequences were filmed live on the Kootenai River in Montana, bringing a sense of real menace to the proceedings.

The Bridges of Madison County (1995) - A moving love story set in 1964, with actor and director Clint Eastwood as a photographer on assignment to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County, Iowa. He meets a housewife (Meryl Streep), whose husband and children are away on a trip, and the film traces a brief affair that is never sordid but instead one of two soul mates who have met too late. Meryl Streep’s performance earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.

Julie & Julia (2009) – Meryl Streep plays chef Julia Child getting her start in the cooking profession, intertwined with the challenges of blogger Julie Powell (Amy Adams) as she attempts to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s first book. Meryl Streep’s performance was recognized with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Directed by Nora Ephron, with a standout performance by Stanley Tucci as Julia’s diplomat husband Paul Child.

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