Robert B. Weide, Don Argott

The first feature documentary on Kurt Vonnegut is an immersive dive into the American author’s upbringing, and creative output, a worthy tribute for his many fans and a compelling introduction for the uninitiated. The film spans his childhood in Indianapolis, his experience as a prisoner of war in World War II, his marriage, family, and divorce, his early careers as a publicist for General Electric and a car salesman, and the long years as a struggling writer, leading to eventual superstardom in 1969 following the publication of his lightning-bolt anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The film began 39 years ago when fledgling filmmaker Robert B. Weide wrote a letter to his literary idol proposing a documentary on Vonnegut’s life and work. Shooting began in 1988, and the resulting film reflects the friendship Weide and Vonnegut formed over the years.

Notes by David O’Mahony

127 mins, USA, 2021, Digital


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