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Obit. (2016)

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Writers and editors from the New York Times discuss their unique approach to writing the obituaries of public figures.

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Vanessa Gould
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Credited cast:
Bruce Weber Bruce Weber ... Himself
William McDonald William McDonald ... Himself
Margalit Fox Margalit Fox ... Herself
William Grimes William Grimes ... Himself
Jack Kadden Jack Kadden ... Himself
Douglas Martin Douglas Martin ... Himself
Jeff Roth Jeff Roth ... Himself
Daniel Slotnik Daniel Slotnik ... Himself
Paul Vitello Paul Vitello ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Keepnews Peter Keepnews ... Himself
Dolores Morrison Dolores Morrison ... Herself
Jon Pareles Jon Pareles ... Himself
Earl Wilson Earl Wilson ... Himself
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How do you put a life into 500 words? Ask the staff obituary writers at the New York Times. OBIT is a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history.

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An inside look at life on the New York Times obituaries desk. See more »

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Documentary

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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verdens bedste nekrologer See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,185, 28 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$304,191, 14 July 2017
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Rather Fascinating
4 September 2017 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This rather fascinating documentary, directed by Vanessa Gould, shows us the inner workings of the obituary department of the New York Times. One might expect this film to be somewhat grim but it proves to be anything but, with even some deadpan (pun intended) humor well placed into the movie.

Ar first, I thought the writers and editors of the department came across as flippant, considering the subject matter of a person's death. However, it became apparent that they have a job to do and are trying to do it in the best way possible, spinning an accurate and interesting narrative for their readers, while trying to sum up someone's life in just so many words, while also under time pressures to meet a print deadline.

There's also lots of wonderful archival film and photos of people and events over the decades, as well as screen shots of various New York Times obits over the years. I thought the doc really gave me a good insight into how the writers of the obits chose those persons that would go into their columns and how the pieces are cobbled together, eventually with a finished product emerging.


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