Radio Unnameable (2012)
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You're overwhelmed by the feeling that you've seen this tale of corporate greed and arrogant mismanagement before. Still, the filmmakers tell it with gusto.
Radio Unnameable is at its best when it tries to find some visual analog to Fass' vibe, courtesy of cinematographer John Pirozzi, who takes beautiful snapshots of a sleepless city.
Directors Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson weave together archival visual and aural materials along with new interviews with Fass, his wife, Lynnie, and other WBAI alumni.
A treasure trove of both visual and aural footage makes this terrific doc a keeper. Its affectionate appreciation of one man's long, strange trip through history make it a helluva lot of fun.
It can make you wish - or, if you're lucky, remember - that you were a sleepless New Yorker in 1967, kept from loneliness by a gentle, soulful voice on the radio.
Audience Reviews for Radio Unnameable
Engrossing but dispiriting look at a late-night radio hero to the counterculture of the late '60s and beyond. Without intending to, this love letter to Bob Fass becomes just as much about the capacity for noxious self-mythologizing and that the accumulation of years doesn't equate to wisdom or perspective.
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