Monday, November 7, 2016

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

Director(s): Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady. 91 min. Unrated. Documentary.

The life story of the 92-year-old TV writer and producer Norman Lear, the Jewish kid from Connecticut, who created All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, ... or virtually every important subject people laughed at on TV in the 60s and 70s - from stereotyping to bigotry to minority rights to women's rights to gay rights. Tomorrow is Election Day, and it is easy to see how what titans like Lear founded and fought for for decades, can be easily unraveled within a day. Democracy is that fragile.

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