An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.
Why It’s A Staff Pick:
Forget what you know about JD Salinger, no matter how much or how little you know about him, for a moment. Even if you’ve never read his work, like myself, if you know at least a thing or two about literature history you should know somethings about him. You’d know that he was highly reclusive for the majority of his life, that he wrote one of the most controversial yet critically praised novels of all time (“Catcher in the Rye”), and you’d probably know that his main character from “Catcher” Holden Caulfield’s quote-unquote unique ideals inspired Mark David Chapman to assassinate John Lennon. This movie is included in my Staff Picks list because if you don’t know much or anything about Salinger and want to take the opportunity to learn, this documentary is absolutely perfect for you. Although the sequencing of events is a tad odd to get used to at first, the film goes into copious amounts of detail about his early life, his life during and at the end of WWII, the writing and inspirations for “Catcher”, his later more reclusive life, and even plenty about his final years – all with fantastic interviews from fans, friends, colleagues, and admirers. While I did have a problem with the amount of dramatic reenactments that this documentary had, it is still a brilliant and well-crafted piece about a truly original and fascinating individual.
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