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Anna Stump
Artist, drawingwithanna.com

I have two French films to recommend. The first is Séraphine, based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. I recommend it especially for a transcendent scene in which the artist presents her paintings to her neighbors and ­employers.

The second film is Summer Hours, about a matriarch who has collected valuable art but when she dies her children ­can’t afford to keep the paintings because of state taxes. They sell most of the art to a museum and then must consider the difference between public and private art. I recommend it for death and art, what ­else?

Séraphine (France) 2008,
Music Box Films
List price: $25.95

Summer Hours (France) 2008,
Criterion Collection
List price: $39.99

Jim Wilsterman
Professor of sculpture, Grossmont College

While ­Akira Kurosawa’s influence on filmmakers is well known, Yume (Dreams) is a lesser-known film.  Produced as a series of eight vignettes, ­it’s by far his most personal work. Each dream is stunningly beautiful. My personal favorites are The Peach Orchard, about Hina Matsuri and the destruction of a peach orchard, and Crows, where an art student seeks Vincent Van Gogh in his painting Crows (Van ­Gogh’s last painting).

When I want to revel in deception, treachery and scandal, I always return to Roman ­Polanski’s Chinatown. Robert ­Towne’s plot offers endless contortions, and the chemistry between Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, and Burt Young is perfectly choreographed by Polanski.

Yume/Dreams (Japan) 1990,
Warner Home Video
List price: $14.98

Chinatown (USA) 1974,
List price: $14.98

Bob Plumb
Local painter

Each year I re-watch Brazil, Blade Runner, Harold and Maude, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story. But there are two I’d highlight.

One, Werner ­Herzog’s Aguirre: The Wrath of God. Sublime, atmospheric, and virtually silent throughout the entire descent from misty mountaintop to death going down the river surrounded by screaming monkeys. Bizarre and ­incredible.

And two, Rainer Werner ­Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun. ­It’s so perfect in its form: stylized just enough and beautifully shot. Opens and closes with explosions. Displays full range of human emotions and situations, like an epic but ­encapsulated.

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Germany) 1977,
Anchor Bay
List price: $19.97

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Germany) 1979,
Criterion Collection
List price: $79.95 (four discs)

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