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How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. World Premiere -Opening night selection, Sundance, 2016.
There is nothing here that could "spoil" anyone for anybody! "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You" is an absolutely mesmerizing look at the greatest writer for American television. His sitcoms are legend: "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "Maude," and "Fernwood Tonight," (just to name a few) turned the American audience on its head when it came to television. Topics which were once taboo, i.e. bigotry, racism, women's wrights, abortion, and gay issues, Mr. Lear wrote about it. The fascinating part, however, is how he got to where he is.
Growing up in Connecticut and having to become man of the house at the ripe (young) age of 9 because he father was arrested for a bond scam, Mr. Lear learned that laughter is indeed the best medicine. Along the way, he took his lumps and came out for the better. It was also great to know that he did not turn away from a fight. Targeted by Richard Nixon, Jerry Falwell and his "moral majority," and even the average Joes, Mr. Lear is someone who led by example.
Highly recommended. Not rated, but does contain language and adult situations.
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