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Watch: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky-Directed ‘Jonathan Rosenbaum, Present’ Sees Critic Discuss Memory and Approach

Written by on February 27, 2013 

On today, his 70th birthday, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has been made the focus of a short documentary crafted by fellow writers Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Kevin B. Lee. Titled Jonathan Rosenbaum, Present, this 12-minute piece sees the former interviewing its titular subject, in his own Chicago apartment, about the processes involved in film criticism — all in a larger attempt to “capture the way he talks and thinks.”

Having never met the man for myself, I can’t be a great judge of fulfillment. But as someone who, more broadly, likes to think they know a thing or two about “movies and stuff,” the monologue is an engaging, informative, and strangely touching glimpse into the life of a master film critic; that he’s interviewed by Vishnevetsky, another (albeit much younger) holder of that title, makes this a treasure for those hoping to know more about discussing the medium. (The sound and editing work by Lee is to be commended, too.)

Watch it below (via Fandor):

What do you think of this short? Did you gather anything from it?

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