The 50 Year Argument
Dirs. Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi. 2014, 137 mins. DCP. Featuring archival footage of Barbara Epstein, Stephen Jay Gould, W.H. Auden, Mary McCarthy. An expansive and entertaining profile of the provocative and influential publication 纽约书评 and its charismatic and indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers, who has guided the 审查 since its launch over a half-century ago, The 50 Year Argument blends together rare archival material, first-hand observational footage filmed in the publication’s West Village offices, interviews with contributors (and excerpts from their writing), and original portraits by celebrated photographer Brigitte Lacombe, all marshaled towards illustrating the depth and breadth of the 审查, and telling its extraordinary story of intellectual engagement.