Master Smart Woman

A film by Jane Morrison in collaboration with photographer Peter Namuth

1984 | 28 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99310


From the award-winning director of THE WHITE HERON and THE TWO WORLDS OF ANGELITA, this loving portrait is a much deserved re-evaluation of Sarah Orne Jewett's contribution to American literature. Recently rediscovered by feminist literary scholars, Jewett was a fiercely independent woman, a critically acclaimed 19th century author, and an important role model for a generation of women writers.


"A beautiful film portrait of the 19th century feminist writer...the visual composition invites repeated viewings. Highly recommended for all libraries."


"A revealing and touching view of Jewett and the life-style of her era."

Landers Film Reviews


  • American Film Festival, Red Ribbon
  • New England Film Festival, Indie Award


Jane Morrison

Jane Morrison was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick but raised in Gardiner, Maine. She graduated from Boston University in 1969 and received a master's degree in media studies from Antioch College in 1975. Morrison’s career in film began while she was an English teacher at Cony High School in Augusta, Maine. While teaching, Morrison participated in the school's first Maine Arts Commission-supported Artist-In-Residence Film Program. As a result, Morrison received special training in filmmaking. She continued to develop the film program at Cony for several years before moving on to pursue a full-time career in filmmaking. Some of Morrison's titles include:" Master Smart Woman," "The Two Worlds of Angelita" and "The White Heron," an adaptation of the short story by Sarah Orne Jewett. Released in 1983, The Two Worlds of Angelita was Morrison’s first feature-length film: it was in Spanish with English subtitles and dealt with the cultural dislocation of a Puerto Rican family moving to New York. Prior to completing Angelita, Morrison filmed a series of experimental documentaries. Jane Morrison died of malaria, at age 39, while attending a film festival in Nairobi, Kenya. (07/12)

Peter Namuth

Peter "Hans" Namuth was born in Essen March 17, 1915 and died in East Hampton, NY October 13, 1990. He was photographer and film maker. He worked in France and Spain as a freelance photographer for Life, Vu and other magazines from 1935 to 1938, during which time he photographed the Spanish Civil War (1936-9).
He settled in the USA in 1951 and studied under Alexey Brodovitch (1898-1971) at the New School for Social Research, New York. In the late 1940s he worked in Guatemala, where he later returned repeatedly, taking portraits of the inhabitants of the village of Todos Santos.
In the 1950s he began taking photographic portraits of prominent American painters and sculptors. Much of Namuth’s career focused on recording the working techniques of the Abstract Expressionist painters, particularly Jackson Pollock, who was the subject of his first film in 1951. His own work was characterized by its calm intimacy, reflecting the influence of August Sander. (09/09)

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