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The Journalists Who Wring Life Out Of Death: 'Obit' Critic Andrew Lapin says this documentary about the New York Times' Obituaries desk is "a touching inquiry on the nature of public legacy amid the ceaseless march of time." A Behind-The-Scenes Couple Get Star Treatment In 'Harold And Lillian' A new documentary charts the long and loving marriage of a production designer and a film researcher; critic Scott Tobias calls it "sublime and inspiring." 'BANG! The Bert Berns Story': The Complicated Man Behind 'Twist And Shout' A new documentary examines the short life — and shady business practices — of the songwriter/producer behind hits like "Tell Him," "Here Comes the Night" and "Hang On Sloopy." An Israeli Couple Haltingly Navigate Grief Over 'One Week And A Day' They've lost their son. The shiva is over. Now, Eyal (Shai Avivi) and Vicky (Jenya Dodina) "veer off on separate tracks of crazed non-coping" says critic Ella Taylor. For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline' Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.
Jodie Foster Remembers Her Mentor Jonathan Demme, Who Died At 73 Director Jonathan Demme has died from complications of esophageal cancer. Demme directed Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs, which won 5 Academy Awards including best director and best actress. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73 Filmmaker Jonathan Demme died this morning in his New York apartment, of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73 years old. Demme had the seemingly effortless ability to cross over from big budget Hollywood movies like "Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia" to documentaries about Haiti and rockumentaries about Talking Heads and Neil Young. Jonathan Demme And The Simple Power Of The Close-Up Demme, who directed 36 feature films and documentaries over the course of his long and varied career, died this morning. He was a filmmaker fascinated by the pure emotional force of the human face. Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73 During more than four decades behind the camera, the Oscar-winning filmmaker forged a wide-ranging career — from documentaries to horror. He died Wednesday from complications of esophageal cancer. 5 Films Look At The Los Angeles Riots From (Almost) Every Angle The documentaries attempt to complete the picture of what transpired in LA in 1992 after Rodney King was beaten by police, showing how the riots affected a wide swath of Angelenos.
Albert Freedman, Game Show Producer Made Famous In 'Quiz Show,' Dies At 95 In the 1950s, the television producer captivated audiences with the hit game show Twenty-One. Freedman later admitted that he had given questions and answers to contestants in advance. LA Riot Documentaries Show Dehumanizing Black People Enables Abuses in Policing A slew of new documentaries look back on the Los Angeles riots, 25 years after the city erupted in protest. But why are so many being made and why now? Anthony Bourdain And Jeremiah Tower On 'The Last Magnificent' Jeremiah Tower and Anthony Bourdain join NPR's Lynn Neary to talk about the new documentary The Last Magnificent. It's the story of how Tower, once a major culinary figure, rose then disappeared. Renée Elise Goldsberry Hopes 'Henrietta Lacks' Movie Will Start Conversations The actress plays a young African-American woman whose cells, which were taken without her knowledge or consent, went on to become "immortal." City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City' Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.