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'Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time' is a remarkable, essential tribute to the iconoclastic superstar author, guru, philosopher and oracle who wrote, hilarious and scathingly about how to act decently in an indecent society. This decades-in-the-making feature documentary - the first of its kind on Vonnegut, and released in the centenary year of his birth - is a wildly entertaining and enlightening look at the author's upbringing and his creative output, supplemented with a wealth of never before seen footage.
Shooting began in 1988 after fledging filmmaker Robert Weide ('Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth') wrote a tentative letter to his literary idol proposing a documentary on Vonnegut's life and work: the resulting film reflects the friendship and bond Weide and Vonnegut formed over the years.
In the film, past, present, and future cease to become linear as Weide strives to get an overview of his subject's life and his own role in it. 'Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time' is first and foremost a biography of a beloved American author. But it also documents a filmmaker's odyssey as he examines the impact of a writer's legacy on his own life, extending far beyond the printed page.
A superb introduction for the uninitiated, this is an astonishingly revealing, beautifully rich and almost unbearably moving document of a true American literary legend, whose skewed, prophetic visions are more vital and astonishing now than ever before.
Director(s):Robert B. Weide
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