The 50 Year Argument

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  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2014
  • Running time: 95 min
The 50 Year Argument is a documentary film by Martin Scorsese and co-directed by David Tedeschi about the history and influence of the New York Review of Books, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2013. The documentary premiered in June 2014 at the... read more

The 50 Year Argument is a documentary film by Martin Scorsese and co-directed by David Tedeschi about the history and influence of the New York Review of Books, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2013. The documentary premiered in June 2014 at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and was soon screened in Oslo and Jerusalem before airing on the British Arena television series in July. It was also screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and was seen at the New York Film Festival, in September, and at other film festivals. It first aired on HBO in September 2014 and was given other national broadcasts. It had a limited theatrical release in Toronto in 2015. The film uses a combination of archival footage, quotes from the Review and contemporary interviews to give a view of the coverage of the journal over its half-century of publication, focusing on how its writers and editors have approached the larger issues of the day. Reviews of the film have been mostly warm.

Original Release

06/29/2014

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Cast

Michael Chabon Himself
Norman Mailer Himself
Joan Didion Herself
Barbara Epstein Herself
Elizabeth Hardwick Herself
Michael Stuhlbarg Narration
W.H. Auden Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Isaiah Berlin Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Stephen Jay Gould Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Václav Havel Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi

Cast

Michael Chabon Himself
Norman Mailer Himself
Joan Didion Herself
Barbara Epstein Herself
Elizabeth Hardwick Herself
Michael Stuhlbarg Narration
W.H. Auden Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Isaiah Berlin Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Stephen Jay Gould Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Václav Havel Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Robert Lowell Himself (archive footage)
Mary McCarthy Herself - Contributor (archive footage)
Andrei Sakharov Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Gore Vidal Himself (archive footage)
Patricia Clarkson Mary McCarthy (voice)
Richard Easton Gore Vidal (voice)
Timothy Garton Ash Himself - Contributor
James Baldwin Himself - Contributor (archive footage)
Mary Beard Herself - Contributor
Ian Buruma Himself - Contributor

Producers

Joshua Sason Executive Producer
Chad A. Verdi Executive Producer
Michelle Verdi Executive Producer
Anthony Wall Executive Producer
Kayo Washio Executive Producer
Mikaela Beardsley Producer
Margaret Bodde Producer
Martin Scorsese Producer
David Tedeschi Producer

Editors

Paul Marchand, Michael J. Palmer

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