It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings
20 Ratings

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  • Average 7.7/10
  • Fresh 46
  • Rotten 4

Critics Consensus: Obit shines an entertaining -- and overdue -- spotlight on an engaging group of people whose singular craft is too often taken for granted.

Information

Studio
Kino Lorber
Genre
Documentary
Released
Copyright
© 2016 Kino Lorber

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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