Director: Shane Salerno
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, John Cusack
For more than fifty years, the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Salinger remains, astonishingly, an enigma. The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealed.
SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger’s friends and colleagues who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.
“In its revelations of Salinger’s flaws, the documentary capably strips away the fanaticism associated with his books to create the impression of a human being.” – Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
“Given that this isn’t the extended TV mini-series that the subject deserves, SALINGER does an effective job of making the writer seem alternately more mundane and more mysterious, almost at the same time.” – Chris Willman, The Playlist