Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)
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In this heady documentary, TV footage of left-wing social critic Paul Goodman being interviewed by conservative host William F. Buckley Jr. in 1966 makes one realize how low public discourse in America has sunk since then.
As documentaries go, it's an able introduction that doesn't make its subject nearly as relevant to our current discontents as it could.
"Paul Goodman Changed My Life" is a documentary about a man who changed mine.
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Goodman is a social commentator that I wasn't particularly knowledgeable about. He certainly played second fiddle to the Beat Generation and then later by Chomsky. I feel grateful for this film as a result. Goodman is certainly an intriguing guy and the film makers give him his adequate due.
Most folks, myself included, had no idea who Paul Goodman was, or his remarkable influence on contemporary social thinking. His major opus "Growing Up Absurd" is considered to be one of the most influential books of the counterculture generation at the time of the riots against the Vietnam war and the huge demonstrations which were organized. A poet, essayist, psychotherapist and on top of that.... a bisexual. This cerebral portrait is insightful and deep -- definitely not for the mainstream moviegoer. I recommend this film for serious thinkers, social historians and up and coming revolutionaries! Bravo!
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