American Masters Launches 28th season Tuesday with J. D. Salinger Documentary By: Ellis Nassour
The award-winning PBS American Masters launches its 28th season on Tuesday at 9 P.M. with the exclusive director’s cut of Shane Salerno’s documentary, based on his and David Shields’ biography, Salinger, which offers an unprecedented look inside the private world of the always-intriguing author and telecasts with 15 minutes of material never before shown.
In books The Giver, Catcher in the Rye, and Franny and Zooey, Salinger evoked escapism that registered readers, especially young ones, around the world. However, his polarizing opinions and orneryness harvested many detractors.
The two-and-a-half hour intense psychological portrait contains rare photos, archival footage, and interviews with 150 friends and colleagues of the secretive writer, who speak of the meticulously built-up wall he build to remain reclusive.
Discussed, and not always flatteringly, are his childhood, WWII exploits, ego, drive, work methods, marriages, platonic relationships, and the secrets he left behind on his 2010 death at 91.
Judd Apatow, John Cusack, E.L. Doctorow, John Guare, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Martin Sheen, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, and others speak on the influence Salinger’s work had on their lives and careers.
Film Excerpt: Film interviewee A.E. Hotchner (a former friend of Salinger’s & former editor at Cosmopolitan) reveals why J.D. Salinger was furious about the publication of his story "Blue Melody" in Cosmopolitan, 1948