Edward Said: The Last Interview (2006)



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Prominent Columbia University English and Comparative Literature professor Edward Said was well known in the United States for his tireless efforts to convey the plight of the Palestinian people, and in this film shot less than a year before his death resulting from incurable leukemia, the author of such books as Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism, and Power, Politics, and Culture discusses with filmmakers his illness, his life, his education, and the continuing turmoil in Palestine. Diagnosed with the disease in 1991, Said struggled with his leukemia throughout the 1990s before refraining from interviews due to his increasingly fragile physical state. This interview was the one sole exception to his staunch "no interview" policy, and provides fascinating insight into the mind of the man who became Western society's most prominent spokesman for the Palestinian cause. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Edward Said: The Last Interview

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Two documentaries about the Palestinian writer and thinker Edward Said explore his life, his chronic alienation and his sympathy for the Palestinian cause.

Oct 11, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Though physically weakened and near the end of his life, his discourse is sharp and incisive, creating a remarkably compelling self-portrait.

Oct 11, 2006 | Full Review…

The most relevant aspect of Said's last interview is an untrammeled joy in the freedom of thought.

Oct 11, 2006 | Full Review…
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...the movie has been geared primarily towards viewers with a previously-established interest in Said's work...

Oct 18, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Said makes a fascinating if rather severe interviewee. Not even his sunken, jaundiced look can detract from his charisma as his grey beard, immaculate coiffure, and forceful personality suggest the self-confident air of a movie star.

Oct 11, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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