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James Salter: A Sport and A Pastime


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  • Actors: James Salter, Reynolds Price, Robert Redford, Nick Antosca, Sonya Chung
  • Directors: Sandy Gotham Meehan, Edgar Howard, Tom Piper
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Checkerboard Film Foundation
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005C4EUKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This 54 minute documentary traces the writer James Salter's lifelong love affair with France, unforgettably expressed in his 1967 masterpiece, A Sport and a Pastime. The novel, a transcendent examination of sexual desire, follows an ill-fated love affair between a Yale drop-out and a young French girl, played out in the villages of Burgundy in the 1960s. "Its spirit," The Washington Post wrote, "- the ache and artistry of Scott Fitzgerald filtered through the cool sensibility of Flaubert or James - evokes France, missed opportunities, all the fugitive beauty of youth."

Salter, who began a career as a fighter pilot before resigning to become a writer, has been praised as a contemporary American master by Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, and Susan Sontag, among others.

The film captures the great purity of Salter's prose and the essence of his power to evoke the erotic. Sublime footage of provincial France and fragments of the novel itself, read by the author Reynolds Price, are intercut with photographs by Ralph Gibson and conversations with writers, editors, and Robert Redford, for whom Salter wrote the screenplay Downhill Racer.

Salter's own reflections on his writing and life offer rich insights for reader and writer alike. James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime is a luminous depiction of the making of a writer and the genesis of a classic novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen G. Rimmer on August 29, 2013
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If you've ever looked back at a moment in your life and thought that it was truly an exceptional point, that made you think: what if? If you think you may have been born at the wrong time and perhaps in the wrong country. If you have ever believed in love. This book is for you. It is genuinely timeless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Davis on May 12, 2013
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Lyrical, compelling, haunting--perfectly in the spirit of the incomparable novel that inspired it. The kiss that Salter exchanges with the late Reynolds Price near the end of the film is such an intimate moment that one finds oneself looking away. I can't imagine anyone who loves James Salter not being entranced.
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