Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Free Preview in NYC of Respectful Philip Roth Biodoc
New York Times

While I wouldn’t recommend seeking out the film adaptations of Mr. Roth’s novels (which, while not all terrible, lack the crucial, inimitable fact of his voice), I can point you in the direction of Film Forum, where William Karel and Livia Manera’s new documentary, Philip Roth: Unmasked, is being shown — free, thanks to the beneficence of the Ostrovsky Family Fund — for the next week.

Watch Philip Roth: Unmasked on PBS. See more from American Masters.

The film is part of the sturdy American Masters franchise on PBS (which will broadcast it nationally on March 29), and like most of the other entries in the series, it is respectful, serious, absorbing and exactly 90 minutes long.

A handful of creditable writers — the novelists Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Franzen, the critic and journalist Claudia Roth Pierpont — offer their thoughts on Mr. Roth, and some of their observations are insightful.

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