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Director David L. Lewis presents a warm, informal portrait of this dynamic, white-bearded New Yorker.
Stooped at almost 90 but feisty and humor-filled as ever, Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins.
Still going strong in his 80s, Hentoff has had one of the more variegated careers in American letters.
The film moves fluidly between Hentoff's career focus on the Constitution and jazz, his "two main reasons for being," seeing freedom as the key to the beauty of both.
This mellow chronicle of Nat Hentoff is like a tour through New York's past.
Remarkably fluid and never lass than compellingly watchable.
Hentoff is also an American original, a consequence of his faith in the music made by some of the most oppressed members of this society.
In music and in the political area, Hentoff walked to his own beat.
At last! A documentary with marvelous production values as well as a fascinating subject.
The documentary really takes off in its second half, when Pleasures chronicles Hentoff's transition from "Mr. Liberal" (as one journalist calls him after his defense of the Nazi marches in Skokie) to an unapologetic pro-life advocate.
Director David L. Lewis has done his homework and turned up some gems ...
A fascinating glimpse of an old-school journalist who's one of the last of his kind.
If you don't believe me when I tell you that Nat Hentoff is an interesting dude, then listen to what Lenny Bruce has to say in a clip from 1959.
If you still don't believe either of us, then check out the documentary "The Pleasures of Being out of Step" which details Hentoff's decades long career as a jazz writer, not only as a critic but also as the writer of liner notes which also get explained here.(By the way, Hentoff was also a talking head in both Ken Burns' "Jazz" and Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown.") He has also interviewed and befriended such notable figures as Lenny Bruce, Malcolm X and Bob Dylan, while also working the civil rights desk at the Village Voice.
And that's where things could get quite a bit contentious for Hentoff, as while I could agree with him more often than not, sometimes his combative writing style could irk me at times. That, however, had little to do with his anti-abortion stand which came from some seriously twisted logic.(He thought that since one could discover a fetus' sexual orientation in the womb, then homophobes would chose to abort. However, these are the same kind of people who don't believe in science or abortion in the first place.) In any case, his manner in the documentary and in clips is rather reserved in contrast, especially in him not allowing to be baited by William F. Buckley.
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