Paul Goodman Changed My Life
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Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a cameo in Woody Allenʼs “Annie Hall.” Author of legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the ‘60s. PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that Mad Men has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia—selections from Goodmanʼs poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists—director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) have woven together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It has a passionate, almost prophetic sense of the impact that a writer and thinker can have on his times and the future.
Fresh: Reminiscences about Goodman and readings of his poetry are played over old pictures that capture his singularly seductive appeal and lively sense of humor.
Fresh: As bluntly humanist and free-ranging as its subject.
Fresh: Lee's well-thought-out documentary combines vintage and new interviews with the activist's fans, relatives and lovers.
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