THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT (2014) [feature]

(MIFF 2014 )

Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi broach America's citadel of culture: The New York Review of Books.

For half a century, titans of American public thought – instigators such as Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Michael Chabon and Yasmine El Rashidi – have congregated around one publication willing to challenge the national orthodoxy.

Now, Martin Scorsese (My Voyage to Italy, MIFF 2002; Mean Streets, MIFF 1974) and editor/first-time director David Tedeschi have assembled these esteemed modern thinkers to reveal the publication that so often directed the national conversation. They pair these interviews with rare archival footage, writings and a vérité peek into the paper's West Village offices in vital tribute to the sometimes reluctantly radical, always intellectually stirring New York Review of Books.

"Handsome and stimulating ... a warm, engaging, celebratory love letter from one New York institution to another." – Hollywood Reporter

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