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  • Published: New York : Double O Film, 2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD

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  • 829567055922

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Obscene : a portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press

by Ortenberg, Neil

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Call number: DVD 363.31 Or

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Special features: Original theatrical trailer ; Barney Rosset extended interview ; Spike the poodle killer ; Get me out of this camp! ; Three years of torment ; Going the final step ; Illiterates ; Rum and Coke ; This oblivious prostitute.

Barney Rosset, John Waters, Gore Vidal, Ray Manzarek, Erica Jong, John Sayles, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Rechy, Michael McClure.

Chronicles the life and work of Barney Rosset, the influential head of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, who published such groundbreaking works of fiction as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Naked Lunch, and Tropic of Cancer, while fighting the U.S. government's obscenity laws along the way.

DVD, Dolby digital ; NTSC ; 4:3

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One Man's Fight Against Censorship

Obscene was an interesting documentary, and it does a good job of showing the struggles against censorship that were commonplace in the 1950s and 60s, and even to some part in the 70s. The film seemed a little disjointed at times, but I suppose the nature of a film reflects its subject, and Barney Rosset certainly seems disjointed sometimes. The variety of opinions and perspectives from the different commenters really helped to flesh out the complexities of Barney Rosset as an individual, but also the social climate in which he was working. I especially liked Gore Vidal's brief appearance in the film. I would recommend this film to adults interested in biographies and the issue of freedom of expression.

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