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Regarding Susan Sontag (2014)

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REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Noël Burch Noël Burch ... Himself
Lucinda Childs Lucinda Childs ... Herself
Patricia Clarkson ... Susan Sontag (voice)
Kevin Costner ... Crash Davis (archive footage)
Mark Danner ... Himself
Nadine Gordimer ... Herself
Alice Kaplan Alice Kaplan ... Herself
Stephen Koch Stephen Koch ... Himself
Eva Kollisch Eva Kollisch ... Herself
Fran Lebowitz ... Herself
Annie Leibovitz ... Herself
Norman Mailer ... Himself (archive footage)
David Rieff David Rieff ... Himself
Charlie Rose ... Himself (archive footage)
Susan Sarandon ... Annie Savoy (archive footage)


REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag's life through archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, as read by Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her early marriage to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. Written by Question Why Films

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English | French

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20 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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Inspiring documentary
29 June 2014 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the SF Gay Film Festival 2014.

This documentary has inspired me to read more of Susan Sontag's writings. I had read a couple of her early works years ago and had not realized how much more she wrote.

The film does a beautiful job of unfolding her life story and interweaving the subjects of her writings and work as an activist. It was an intriguing tale with gorgeous photographs and lots of great interviews with family members, friends, and lovers. By the end of the film, I felt like I had been given a taste of Susan which lingered on the tongue and wanted more.

She seemed to be one of those intensely private yet public characters who we think we know but actually don't know at all. This was a fascinating portrait of an extremely intelligent woman who lived life on her own terms. She demonstrated what it means to be nonconformist and live with the consequences of actions disapproved by others.

The director is to be commended for achieving the monumental task of finding critical clips of historical archival footage, getting access to and interviews with the important people in her life, and putting the pieces together in a nonjudgmental way that respects the varying perspectives of all the people involved.

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