Thursday, April 20, 2017
Obit opens Wednesday
OBIT is easily one of the best films playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. A look at the New York Times obituary desk the film shows us how the men and women who do the writing handle the task at hand.
A wonderful timely film (they include David Bowie) this film is just a great film about not only obits but also writing. What does it take to write a good piece? Since the obit is to be the summation of a life how do you do that quickly and remain true to the person? The film shows that it's a fine line that isn't always easy.
I loved this film a great deal. Its a film that moved me for any number of reasons, mostly though because the film is both entertaining and informative.
On a personal note, the film was an odd experience in a couple of ways. First one of the people profiled in the film Paul Vitello who I met many years ago when he did a profile of my brother for Newsday. I had always wondered where he had ended up, and now I know.
Additionally the film connected itself to two earlier Tribeca in a personal way when the film showed a picture of Roger Ebert followed by one of Elaine Stritch. I had found out that Ebert had died while going to Press screening s for Tribeca three years ago, While I had a wonderful brief run in with Ms Stritch at the premiere of a documentary on her life where she cracked wise at me.
While the film may not connect that personally to you, it is still highly recommended as one of the best films at this years's Tribeca Film Fest