Obscene Directed by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor
Sensational TIME Magazine
OBSCENE is the definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review. He acquired the then fledgling Grove Press in 1951 and soon embarked on a tumultuous career of publishing and political engagement that continues to inspire today’s defenders of free expression. Not only was he the first American publisher of acclaimed authors Samuel Beckett, Kenzaburo Oe, Tom Stoppard, Che Guevara and Malcolm X, but he also battled the government in the highest courts to overrule the obscenity ban on groundbreaking works of fiction such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch. But the same unyielding and reckless energy Rosset used to publish works such as Allen Ginsberg’s Howl in the controversial Evergreen Review and distribute films like I Am Curious (Yellow) also brought him perilously close to destruction.
Featuring music by Bob Dylan, The Doors, Warren Zevon, Jim Carroll, X and Patti Smith, and never-before-seen footage.
WARNING! THIS MOVIE CONTAINS NUDITY & STRONG LANGUAGE. IT MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN.
Studio:Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment
Color:Color/Black and White
Director:Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor
Cast:Barney Rosset, Amiri Baraka, Jim Carroll, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Al Goldstein, Erica Jong, Ray Manzarek, Michael McClure, John Rechy, Ed Sanders, John Sayles, Gore Vidal, John Waters
Crew:Neil Ortenberg(producer), Daniel O’Connor(producer), Alexander Meillier(producer), Tonya Ager Meillier(producer), Neil Ortenberg(executive producer), Daniel O’Connor (executive producer), Tonya Ager Meiller(Editor), Askold Buk (composer), Alexander Meillier (Director of Photography)