Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
With Norman Lear and co-director Heidi Ewing in person
Dirs. Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing. 2016, 92 mins. DCP. With Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Amy Poehler, Phil Rosenthal. Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is the definitive chronicle of Lear’s life, work, and achievements, but it is much more than an arm’s-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Top-notch documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, Detropia) have made a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Breaking down the fourth wall to create an evocative collage where past and present intermingle, they reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You was the Opening Night selection in the documentary section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
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