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Obit (2017)


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Every day, editorial obituary writers deposit the details of a handful of extraordinary lives into the cultural memory--each life's story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these remarkable writers and their subjects, focusing on a small team at The New York Times who approach their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?


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OBIT, the new documentary from director Vanessa Gould, lingers at the newspaper's death-desk to think through the meaning of remembrance, and to show the workday of these uncommon journalists.

April 17, 2017 | Full Review…
The New Republic
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Gould secures plenty of nuts-and-bolts detail about the reporting and writing process, which can range from novelistic use of detail to the prosaic but no less critical matter of confirming the death itself.

March 31, 2017 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Documentarian Vanessa Gould leads her viewer by the hand through the day in a life of the darling weirdos at The New York Times obituary desk.

March 31, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Obit is a fascinating, if slightly too long, look at newspaper journalism in general and obituaries in particular.

March 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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Engaging and lively.

March 29, 2017 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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A bit New York (and New York Times) myopic, but a fascinating portrait of the dying profession of people who sum up the lives of the newly-deceased for newspapers.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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