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Franzen in particular praises Roth for “how brave he must have been to have methodically offended everybody and to have exposed parts of himself no one had ever exposed before.”FREE ADMISSION!
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Part of the consistently solid but rarely stylish American Masters series, the film provides fairly standard documentary fare.
A sepia-toned tour of Roth’s childhood neighborhood in Newark—the same one that forms the backdrop of so much of his work—is given through a host of old family photographs, while a series of (sometimes overly) reverent talking heads enliven a discussion of the writer’s life and work.
In candid interviews, the Pulitzer Prize-winner discusses his distinctly unliterary upbringing in Newark, NJ, his admiration for Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud, and how Zuckerman may or may not be his alter-ego.