Friday, July 8, 2016
Fascinating, delightful, and at times very moving.
Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, and Detropia) reteam for this lovingly made documentary about Norman Lear—the legendary, influential mind behind 1970s sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude. Touching on the many facets of his life, from growing up Jewish on the East Coast, to serving in World War II and returning to America to work in TV, to his eventual shift toward activism, Ewing and Grady reflect on Lear and the extraordinary impact he had on the national discourse during his television heyday. The film also captures the now 93-year-old subject as he react to his shows’ unforgettable moments, and features appearances by fans like George Clooney and Amy Poehler to discuss his legacy. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a celebratory portrait of the fearless creative who addressed divisive issues with intelligence, sensitivity, and humor. A Music Box Films release.