Monday, November 29, 2021

Review of Kurt Vonnegut: Tribute to Slaughterhouse 5 Scribe

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The remarkable 40-year-old Kurt Vonnegut: Not Stuck in Time is a superbly executed, unexpectedly touching assessment of the life and work of one of the most beloved literary voices of the late 20th century.

Borrowing the title and structural cue from Vonnegut’s 1969 breakthrough novel Slaughterhouse 5, in which past, present, and future are uniquely intertwined for protagonist Billy Pilgrim, the production takes a non-linear approach to the subject.

Touching on professional and personal triumphs and tragedies, the film also traces the growing touching friendship between Vonnegut and co-director Robert B. Weide, who first presented the project to Vonnegut back in 1982, when he had the sole production credit to his name. is a PBS documentary about the Marks Brothers.

The two will engage in increasingly informal conversations over the decades to come, but after Vonnegut’s death in 2007, it will take another 14 years to complete the massive project, in part due to Weide’s day-to-day work (notably as CEO and executive producer of Reinforce enthusiasm”).

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But there was also some resistance from Weide, who periodically turns to the camera, admitting that perhaps after the end of the film “she admitted that he is no longer there.”

Together with co-director Don Argott (The Art of Theft), who was instrumental in shaping interviews with contemporaries and Vonnegut family members, and stunning archival footage into a cohesive whole, Weide’s beloved project serves as a touching tribute to the person who studied. like Billy Pilgrim, the meaning of life was to be “trapped in the amber of the moment.”

In the more than two hours we are allowed to share in its protective glow, “Kurt Vonnegut: Not Stuck in Time” is the most rewarding time spent.

‘Kurt Vonnegut: not stuck in time’

Not rated

Duration: 2 hours, 6 minutes

Plays: Kicks off November 19, Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena; also on VOD

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