The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step
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The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step
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, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act. At the core of the film are three extraordinary, intimate conversations with Hentoff. Commentary and perspective are offered through additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director David L. Lewis presents a warm, informal portrait of this dynamic, white-bearded New Yorker."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle 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."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Director David L. Lewis has done his homework and turned up some gems ..."
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"Lewis might have been out of step with the storytelling, but the interviews and archival footage slickly strengthen Hentoff's tale."
‑ Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine
"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."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"This mellow chronicle of Nat Hentoff is like a tour through New York's past."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A fascinating glimpse of an old-school journalist who's one of the last of his kind."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Remarkably fluid and never lass than compellingly watchable."
‑ Glenn Kenny,
"Still going strong in his 80s, Hentoff has had one of the more variegated careers in American letters."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This succinct documentary sticks smoothly to its beat."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"For more than 60 years Hentoff has been an unrelentingly outspoken champion of both modern jazz and of all the liberties that flow from the First Amendment."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
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