A film by Jonathan Lee
“Paul Goodman Changed My Life is a documentary about a man who changed mine.”
—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
“Has a passionate, almost prophetic sense of the impact that a writer and thinker can have on his times and future.... The time is surely right for a Goodman revival.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited cameos in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and Richard Linklater’s Slacker. Author of the legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd, Goodman was also a poet, out-queer family man (in the 1940s), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy—and a moral compass for the burgeoning counterculture of the 1960s.
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; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) have woven a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are ripe for rediscovery.
- HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
- Video interview with director Jonathan Lee
- Deleted scenes
- Additional poetry readings
- Judith Malina (The Living Theatre) diary readings
- Theatrical trailer
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.
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