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Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

Cast: Judith Malina, Noam Chomsky
Director: Jonathan Lee
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Studio: Zeitgeist Films Ltd.
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 86 min.

Synopsis
Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a cameo in Woody Allen's Annie Hall. Author of legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy-and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the '60s. Paul Goodman Changed My Life immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that Mad Men has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia-selections from Goodman's poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists-director/producer Jonathan Lee; MORE. The true story of 1960s counterculture icon and GROWING UP ABSURD author Paul Goodman comes alive on the screen through archival footage of the noted intellectual, and through candid interviews with the family, friends, and colleagues who were closest to him. Interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Lee Swenson, Zeke Finkelstein, and Frieda Gardner.



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