|Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s
A film by Tom Hayes
97 minutes, documentary, color, 2013
Exploring the revolution in journalism sparked by the turbulence of the 1960s, Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s is the story of maverick editor Harold T.P. Hayes, who made Esquire magazine a galvanizing force in American culture.
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"Vivid...fascinating!" - Los Angeles Times
"A wonderful reminder of a time when monthly magazines were gleaming, state-of-the-art, ad-stuffed engines of both fact and sensibility, and guides to a confident, contemptuous, and romantic new postwar cosmopolitanism." - Vulture
"A compelling story of challenge, triumph, and defeat, painting an explicit portrait of an era through a man who cultivated an extraordinary group of writers, photographers and artists, providing avid context for nothing less than the rebirth of American aesthetics."
" Fascinating." - Examiner
"Takes us on a journey into the soul of our own culture." - VideoTapeworm
"A treasure trove of inside-baseball stuff for anyone who loves magazines." - Biographile.com
"Smiling Through the Apocalypse is a treat for any journalist, history fan, or pop culture aficionado to watch, with its happy narrative and inspirational, larger-than-life character of Harold Hayes." - Highbrow Magazine
See details about this film's theatrical release.
The Start of New York: Clip from 'Smiling Through the Apocalypse'- New York Magazine, 9/11/14
● Three Extended Interviews: Gore Vidal on William Buckley; Nora Ephron at Esquire; Gay Talese on "Frank Sinatra has a Cold"