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Written and Directed by Sarah Aspinall
(1999)

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Films for Bookworms

The only thing better than browsing books is browsing books... 
and then watching a film about books!

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Running time: 48 minutes

J. D. Salinger was possibly America's most famous recluse.  Driven into hiding largely because of the blowback from his controversial bestseller The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger was the subject of conjecture for most of the latter part of his life.  

This 1999 BBC documentary is a must-see for Salinger fans.  Featuring interviews with friends, family members and a former lover, the film contains rare footage of the author and offers glimpses into his mysterious life.  I wish it would have delved deeper into Salinger's early years, but it is one of the better biographical pieces I've seen. (No phonies in this one.  I promise.)

If this film makes you want to learn more about J.D. Salinger, I highly recommend the biography Salinger, by David Shields and Shane Salerno. (Read a sample here.) 

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