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The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument (2014)

The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument (2014)

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The documentary The 50 Year Argument, co-directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, profiles the history of The New York Review of Books, the Big Apple newspaper that has been one of the most controversial and respected periodicals in the country during its first half-century. The filmmakers interviews numerous contributors to the newspaper including the paper's hands-on editor Bob Silvers. The film recounts a number of memorable pieces published in the paper including a piece by Gore Vidal that led to a feud with Norman Mailer, Joan Didion's questioning of the guilt of young black men accused of raping a jogger in Central Park, and many more. The 50 Year Argument screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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A fascinating look back on the major social and political events of the second half of the 20th century and early years of the 21st ...

January 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It has noble intentions, but seems aimed more at subscribers than viewers; it's never a good sign when a movie's most visually and dramatically compelling moment is a three-minute clip from The Dick Cavett Show.

September 11, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Martin Scorsese celebrates 50 years of The New York Review of Books in this incisive portrait of a vanguard cultural institution.

July 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The value of the NYRB as a cultural and literary institution is undeniable, and that's what Scorsese and Tedeschi are celebrating here. It's hard to argue against the sentiment.

December 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

A too-relentless celebration of this bulwark of discourse in American letters.

April 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The 50 Year Argument is a fawning testimonial to the legacy of a cultural giant.

September 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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