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Arena: The New York Review of Books – a Film by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi CANCELLED

Tuesday 25 March 2014

1 Hour 30 Minutes


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This event has been cancelled as the film material will be unavailable.

Series Editor Anthony Wall introduces a preview version of a new film made by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi in collaboration with the BBC’s multi-award-winning arts strand, Arena.

The Review distinguished itself immediately with its inaugural issue 50 years ago that included some of the most illustrious writers and thinkers of their time: Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, William Styron, W H Auden, Mary McCarthy and many others who would go on to do some of their best work within its pages.

This special film, due for transmission on BBC Four, tells the story of the shared spirit of inspiration that brought the first issue to press. From Elizabeth Hardwick writing The Decline of Book Reviewing for Harper’s magazine, which argued that a new kind of literary journal – passionate, engaged, truly literary – was needed, to the impromptu dinner party that brought Hardwick and her husband Robert Lowell to the table of their neighbours, book editors Jason and Barbara Epstein, who saw that a New York City newspaper strike had given them a golden opportunity to launch the publication of their dreams.

This event lasts 90 minutes.