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NO, WE DON’T NEED A SALINGER LIKE THAT!

It’s easy to write bad things about a good movie, even easier to write bad things. But how to write about a bad movie that is dedicated… Salinger… about the documentary film that tells us about Him, about the very person who has long been elevated by the world to a literary pedestal, who gave rise to a thousand legends and rumors, and about whom we would always like to know a little more.

Strictly speaking, I will not intrigue you for a long time and immediately put my cards on the table – the movie is mediocre, and I would not recommend it to anyone to familiarize themselves with.Unless you have an extra two hours, all the classics of literature have long been read, and all the classics of cinema have long been viewed. No, the project of Shane Salerno does not cause any bright negative emotions, the Director here does not attempt at the sacred, does not get bogged down in “scandals-intrigues-investigations”, does not put forward fantastic theories, he does not do a lot of things… You know, the whole movie is like you’re driving through the desert at forty kilometers an hour and you can’t figure out what you’re doing here and why the driver doesn’t finally turn on the gas…

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In fact, all the advantages of “Salinger” fully fit in the trailer, i.e. literally: after watching the trailer, you will not find anything significantly new in the film. Yes, the movie shows us the biography of Salinger, but the facts in it are presented as if casually, randomly, superficially and even a little clumsily. If you have already read “the catcher in the rye” (and are there any educated people who have not read this novel?), then you probably met in the book a Preface or afterword with a short story about the author, a kind of brief biography. So-having met her, you will cover about seventy percent of the information layer of this film.

But what about rare photos that can greatly interest all fans of Salinger’s work? Just don’t laugh, but in the trailer (and now we have them in Askbook), they are almost all there. Yes, after such a rich trailer, you just expect that the film will open almost a family archive, as happened in the film biographies of Bukowski or Dovlatov, but the limit is strictly limited, and by the thirtieth minute you realize that you will be shown the same thing again and again around the circle. Of course, the filmmakers have a reasonable excuse-they say, Salinger was always a mysterious figure, a recluse, did not like to be photographed, etc. But, wait, gentlemen, why did you shoot a two-hour film, if you could not provide yourself with materials?!

Yes, you heard right, this documentary is running for two hours. With low biographical information, with scant availability of photographic materials (by the way, forget about the video with Salinger immediately, here it is even less than the video with Sergei Yesenin preserved in the archives). And what is in the film in this case? Talking heads, talking heads and… talking head. Old and very old ladies and gentlemen of different (and often no) degrees of involvement in the writer alternately talk about him, and this is all in the spirit of stamped “documentaries” from domestic TV, when the final character is not very important. Many people who were really close to (or were close to) Salinger predictably did not appear in the film. Although, for some, this is probably due to just a low fee offer. And if someone is waiting for a story about Salinger from the mouth of Edward Norton, John Cusack or Danny DeVito, lit up in the trailer, then I hasten to disappoint you and send a couple of paragraphs above – in the sentence that says that all the good fit in the trailer. In the film, these talented actors and just interesting personalities are given only thirty seconds. At all! Such a disappointment.

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And there is nothing more to talk about, you can see the photos here, and the film offers nothing more, alas. There will definitely be many more biographical films about Jerome Salinger to follow. And this “Salinger” turned out to be the first full-fledged pancake, the first full-fledged lump, and two lost hours for the viewer. I’m just glad that someone like Peter Jackson didn’t get the job done, and he didn’t do another twelve-hour trilogy.

Finally, fans of your favorite writer instead of this DIY Shane Salerno, I would advise you to pay attention to the feature film “In the footsteps of Holden” by Malcolm Clark, released in 2003. It lacks stars from the sky, but it is much closer to Salinger and significantly more successful as a film, even if it does not have direct links with either the writer or “the catcher in the rye”.

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