Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s

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SMILING THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE - Esquire in the Sixties traces the life of legendary Esquire Magazine Editor Harold Hayes. Twenty-five years after his father's passing, Hayes' son Tom takes the viewer on a journey to understand how his father's magazine became a galvanizing force in American culture, and the voice of an era. The film is a compelling story of challenge, triumph, and defeat, painting an explicit portrait of an era through a man who cultivated an extraordinary group of writers, photographers and artists, providing a vivid context for nothing less than the rebirth of American aesthetics. Featuring interviews with, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Robert Benton, Peter Bogdanovich, Nora Ephron, Gore Vidal, Hugh Hefner and more.(c) First Run Features

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  • Hayes hasn't integrated the two threads into a cohesive thesis.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's both a credit to, and a shortcoming of, the movie that it suggests an illustrated bibliography. It makes you want to stop watching and, instead, read or reread all of the pieces mentioned.

    Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film mounts a compelling case on behalf of what was, perhaps, a sort of genius - a rare gift for identifying talent in others and nurturing it, even amplifying it.

    Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…

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