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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff
A film by David L. Lewis

86 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2013

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Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and was present at the creation 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, plus additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern. Interwoven through it all is the sublime music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Bob Dylan, along with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage of these artists and other cultural figures at the height of their powers.

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"This succinct documentary sticks smoothly to its beat. Thoughtfully edited, it also pays tribute to a faded era of alternative journalism and to a model for cultural bonds across racial lines." - The New York Times

"A brisk and engaging film...soaking a bit in the music of Mingus and Miles, it is a fine and lively précis, a celebration of a life well lived - and spectacularly written." - The Village Voice

"Sharp-looking and enjoyable!" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins. It is the vivid testimony of the artists he championed and hung out with that galvanizes the film." - Variety

"Remarkably fluid and never less than compellingly watchable." - RogerEbert.com

"Brilliant and thoroughly engaging!" - CineSource

Recommended Reading

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Nat Hentoff's Life in Journalism, Jazz and the First Amendment
by David L. Lewis


See details about this film's theatrical release.




INTERVIEW: Nat Hentoff Is Wide Awake at 88The New York Observer, 5/9/14

INTERVIEW: Encore sits down with David L. LewisEncore Magazine, 6/8/14

Jazz-and-Constitution Diet Can Keep a Mind SharpThe New York Times, 6/23/14

Disc Features

●  Bonus & Extended Scenes: How Max Came to Candid; Critic to Fan; WWII; The New Yorker

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