JULIA (8 p.m., CNN) – This acclaimed documentary celebrating the life and career of chef, cookbook author and television and cultural pioneer, Julia Child, premieres tonight with limited commercial interruption. The documentary is from Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who brought us the Ruth Bader Ginsberg doc “RBG” and “My Name Is Pauli Murray.”
From CNN: “Sizzling with mouth-watering food cinematography, diced with never-before-seen archival film and photos, and interviews with those who knew her, the documentary captures the surprising, and quietly subversive, life of Julia Child. Born to a well-to-do, conservative California family, Julia McWilliams worked in advertising after graduating from Smith College, and later in support roles for the OSS intelligence agency during World War II. The film uses excerpts from the personal diaries of Julia McWilliams and Paul Child, to reveal their courtship and early marital adventures as they followed Paul’s foreign service assignments to Germany, Norway, and France, where she trained at the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.”
The film, which had its world premiere at the 48th Telluride Film Festival in September 2021, explores Child’s work of nearly ten-years testing recipes and exchanging notes with two friends who shared her love of French food. In 1961, the co-authors published “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date. It was during the promotional tour for the book in the U.S., at the age of 50, that Julia Child landed her legendary television show, “The French Chef.”
How to stream: “JULIA” will stream live for subscribers on the CNN OTT app and via CNN.com and CNN mobile apps under “TV Channels.” The film will be available on demand via CNN.com, CNN apps and cable operator platforms beginning Tuesday, May 31.
(Bonus watching: The period of Child’s life in which she was starting her television show is depicted in the terrific HBO Max scripted limited series “Julia” starring Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce and Bebe Neuwirth.)
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