Arguing the World (1998)



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Joseph Dorman wrote and directed this biographical documentary tracing four Jewish intellectuals from NYC's City College during WW II to the present day -- political essayist Irving Kristol, sociologist Nathan Glazer, the late socialist literary critic Irving Howe (who died in 1993), and social theorist Daniel Bell. At CCNY, debates raged in the school's cafeteria, later continuing in the pages of influential academic journals. Alan Rosenberg narrates. Shown at the 1997 Boston Jewish Film Festival.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Film is a fascinating documentation of an important chapter in the history of 20th century American intellectuals, but as such will have a limited audience.

Apr 27, 2005

Demonstrates the inherent excitement of intellectual debate, even though astute viewers will read a few books to fill in the ideological gaps.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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