The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step
The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014)

Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of 'alternative' journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 5, 2015
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

Director David L. Lewis presents a warm, informal portrait of this dynamic, white-bearded New Yorker.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

The film moves fluidly between Hentoff's career focus on the Constitution and jazz, his "two main reasons for being," seeing freedom as the key to the beauty of both.

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Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today

The documentary really takes off in its second half, when Pleasures chronicles Hentoff's transition from "Mr. Liberal" (as one journalist calls him after his defense of the Nazi marches in Skokie) to an unapologetic pro-life advocate.

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Ronnie Scheib

Stooped at almost 90 but feisty and humor-filled as ever, Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This mellow chronicle of Nat Hentoff is like a tour through New York's past.

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Jeff Baker

Director David L. Lewis has done his homework and turned up some gems ...

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Still going strong in his 80s, Hentoff has had one of the more variegated careers in American letters.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

This succinct documentary sticks smoothly to its beat.

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Stephen Silver

A fascinating glimpse of an old-school journalist who's one of the last of his kind.

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Walter M.
If you don't believe me when I tell you that Nat Hentoff is an interesting dude, then listen to what Lenny Bruce has to say in a clip from 1959. If you… More